Repaving of I-64 between Milton, Hurricane completed
HUNTINGTON — The West Virginia Division of Highways announced Thursday that resurfacing work on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 between Milton and Hurricane is now complete.
That work was part of a project aiming to rehabilitate a 14-mile stretch of I-64 East between Milton and the U.S. 35 interchange in Teays Valley. Work on the project began in April, with construction crews removing original concrete first laid in the 1960s and replacing it with practically new roadway.
The next phase of work is expected to begin next week and includes resurfacing a 5-mile section of the interstate between Hurricane and Teays Valley. However, inclement weather could delay that phase, according to a news release. For that phase, crews will create a contraflow lane beginning on the eastbound side.
Crews are finished making changes to the initial contraflow lane between U.S. 35 and Teays Valley for the remainder of the year but will pick up for a final resurfacing project in the spring of 2019, according to the release. The roadway would continue to be reduced to two lanes to allow traffic to enter and exit the contraflow lanes in anticipation for the next phase of the project.
Eastbound drivers needing to access the Hurricane or Teays Valley exits will be required to stay in the right lane. Those not needing to exit are asked to travel in the contraflow lane. Vehicles in the contraflow lane will not be able to access the Hurricane or Teays Valley exits.
That phase is scheduled to be completed in November.
“These changing traffic patterns may impact commuters, so drivers should expect delays,” according to the release. “The Division of Highways reminds travelers to please slow down in work zones.”
The speed limit within this expanded work zone area, from milepost 24 to milepost 44, remains 55 mph. Police will continue to enforce the speed limit in this work zone, according to the release.
The Milton-Hurricane interstate rehabilitation is one of the first projects approved under the Roads to Prosperity program, which saw West Virginia voters in October approving the sale $1.6 billion in bonds to fund major road projects across the state. The Milton-Hurricane project is expected to cost approximately $54 million.
Reporter Taylor Stuck contributed to this report.
Travis Crum is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. He may be reached by phone at 304-526-2801.