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I-64 construction project from Milton to Hurricane to start Monday

Major repairs to Interstate 64 will begin Monday, starting with shoulder work from Milton to Hurricane. (WCHS/WVAH)

Major repairs to Interstate 64 will begin Monday, starting with shoulder work from Milton to Hurricane.

The repairs will then shift to the fast lane and eventually to all lanes.

It’s the first road work in the Roads to Prosperity Program and is part of a $50 million, 13-mile project that will stretch all the way to the Route 35 exit.

The project is much more than just milling and replacing the top part of the pavement.

“You can do that for a while, but after a while, you're really putting a Band-Aid on a bad cut if you continue to do that," West Virginia Department of Transportation Secretary Tom Smith said. "So, what we're going to do in this roadway from I-64, 13-miles, all the way from Milton to the U.S. 35 exit is to actually take it all the way down to the base and build it back up with a thick overlay."

If you’re traveling through the area, you should expect some delays. You also can look for the return of a so-called contra lane at some point during the project.

Highway officials urge you to slow down in construction zones, where fines are doubled.

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