Contraflow lane planned in Putnam County delayed until Tuesday or Wednesday

A state Department of Transportation official says the contraflow lane planned in Putnam County as part of a construction project has been delayed until Tuesday or Wednesday. (MGN Online)

A contraflow lane planned to begin in Putnam County this weekend as part of a construction project has been delayed, a state official said.

The contraflow lane was originally scheduled to begin Saturday as part of the phase two work on the Interstate 64 Milton to U.S. 35 Rehabilitation Project.

Brent Walker, communications director for the West Virginia Department of Transportation, said crews are continuing to put up barrier walls, and the establishment of the contraflow lane likely will be on Tuesday or Wednesday. Weather is having an effect on the work because crews can only do so much work in the rain.

When the contraflow lane is put in place, traffic heading westbound in the fast lane will cross over the median just before the U.S. 35/Crooked Creek exit (exit 40) and travel in a contraflow lane, which would be the lane that would normally be the eastbound fast lane.

Westbound drivers who want to get off the Crooked Creek exit or the Teays Valley exit will need to be in the right lane to access those exits. All trucks also will be required to remain in the right lane.

Drivers in the contraflow lane will not be able to exit until the Hurricane exit (exit 34).

Eastbound traffic in that area will be reduced to two lanes due to the implementation of the contraflow lane.

Phase 2 rehabilitation will begin with work on the westbound slow lane and shoulder and traffic will switch when completed.

As it is throughout the 20-mile work area, the speed limit in the contraflow area will be 55 mph.

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