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Meeting set for traffic project in Culloden

January 18, 2019

HUNTINGTON — People living in and commuting through Culloden will have a chance Thursday to have their concerns about the proposed Culloden Interchange Project addressed.

The project aims to alleviate traffic congestion along Interstate 64, between Hurricane and Milton, with the replacement of bridges heading eastbound and westbound over Benedict Road, also known as County Route 60. Crews will add a diamond-shaped interchange at these bridges, near mile marker 32, and upgrade Benedict Road to a three-lane connector to Virginia Avenue. They will also add a new connection from Benedict Road and Virginia Avenue to U.S. 60.

The West Virginia Division of Highways will hold an informational public meeting from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the cafeteria of Culloden Elementary School. No formal presentation will be made, but the public will have an opportunity to ask questions and give written comments about the project.

Highways officials have developed two proposals for the connector road from Benedict Road and Virginia Avenue to U.S. 60, one of which could potentially displace 11 homes.

The first alternative would connect Benedict Road to U.S. 60 by extending the roadway south across the railroad, meeting near Thompson Road. This alternative would require a major drainage structure for Indian Fork Creek and cost approximately $33.75 million.

The second alternative would connect Benedict Road to U.S. 60, extending the roadway west near Whites Mobile Home Park. This route avoids crossing over the railroad, but would also require a drainage structure. Approximately 11 homes could be displaced in this route. The total cost is estimated at $29.65 million.

The Culloden Interchange Project was developed as an additional access point to Interstate 64 when it was built in the ’60s, but did not come to fruition. Officials have since revisited the idea to provide an additional outlet for roundtrip traffic from Hurricane to Charleston.

Comments about the entire project may be left on the Division of Highways’ website at go.wv.gov/dotcomment. Comments may also be emailed to Sondra.L.Mullins@wv.gov. The deadline for all comments is Feb. 19.

Travis Crum is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. He may be reached by phone at 304-526-2801.

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