I-64 work between Cabell, Putnam delayed Monday due to weather

The West Virginia Division of Highways says the shoulder work on Interstate 64 between Milton in Cabell County and U.S. 35 in Putnam County that was scheduled to start Monday has been delayed due to the weather. (WCHS/WVAH)

Old Man Winter is putting a temporary freeze on planned roadwork Interstate 64 between Cabell and Putnam counties.

The West Virginia Division of Highways announced in a news release that work on I-64 between Milton and U.S. 35, scheduled to begin Monday, has been delayed due to the weather.

Shoulder work on the roadway from Milton to Hurricane was supposed to start, but the contractor, West Virginia Paving, will look to reschedule for Tuesday. 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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