HURRICANE, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Teays Valley neighbor Richard Reese lives right near the Interstate 64 construction zone. He told Eyewitness News he has seen distracted driving and excessive speeding for years.
"Living right next to the interstate I see it all the time," Reese said. "People reading newspapers and looking at their cellphones. It's unbelievable. For some reason on this long stretch, people just do not pay attention."
Drivers are now cramming on to Teays Valley Road to try to avoid the ongoing construction. Drivers said the backups taking over the alternate routes make the back roads just as dangerous as the construction zone.
"People just get crazy when it comes to this stuff," Jeanette Waller said. "There needs to be more law enforcement. If nothing else just to write tickets."
Jeanette Waller works in Teays Valley. She said each day her commute is getting more dangerous, and drivers are getting more aggressive.
"There are a lot of incidents that happen that could be alleviated if more law enforcement was present," Waller said.
Three people have died in vehicle accidents in the I-64 construction zone this week. Division of Highway officials told Eyewitness News more state troopers will be in the work zone and more signs have been added warning drivers to slow down.
"If you take someone's life because you need to look at a Facebook post or read a text, that is going to profoundly change your life," Reese said.
This is the first major road project of the Governor's Roads to Prosperity program. The DOH said more changes could be coming such as lowering the speed limit or adding more patrols.