CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Highway Engineer Greg Bailey expects a interstate widening project on a busy stretch of Interstate 64 in Huntington to be completed this fall.

“It’s the first real area (we’ve widened) on the Huntington side of I-64 and this is a real important project for us,” Bailey said this week.

The approximate four-mile stretch begins near the Huntington Mall and stretches to the Hal Greer Boulevard exit. A contractor is adding one lane both east and westbound. Much of Interstate 64 is already three lanes or more in the Charleston area.

State Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox said he knows the work has been an inconvenience for Huntington-area residents.

“We appreciate their patience with us. That’s going to be a much welcomed project when it’s completed for those folks,” Mattox said.

Bailey expects two Interstate 77 bridge projects north of Charleston to be finished in the coming months. The work slows traffic daily in and out of the Capitol City.

“It’s very necessary,” he said. “We have two bridges where the original decks need replaced. We have a large traffic volume there but we’re working with the contractor.”

Bailey said the DOH has an incentive with the contractor to be done with the northbound bridge by the end of August and the southbound bridge later in the fall.

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Comments

  • DWL

    Just more debacles like the I-81 death trap that we have dedicated as the "Mattax’s Highway of Death" as it continues to amass bodies, injuries, and property damages. When Mattox or one of his co-conspirators opens their mouths, nothing but lies spew forth.

  • Aaron

    The Huntington project starts just west of 29th Street, not at the mall. To widen from Nitro to 29th street will require construction of at least 6 bridges including the one crossing the Kanawha and the one at 29th street along with several in between. The bridges alone will cost upwards of $300 million dollars. With this need, you would think our legislature would address funding needs instead of spending time on bills that have no chance of passing. I guess I expect more from those we elect than what they are capable of, especially the current leadership.

  • The bookman

    Do you even read the stories, or just cling to any morsel of positive government information regardless of its relevance to your political goals? One word....contractors....here's another....progress.... And lastly.....incentive.

    • The bookman

      Should have been response to Mr. Karstens, yeesh Bookman!

  • Bob the Civil Engineer

    Why have the cones been placed on I-70 closing the left lane near the Dallas Exit for the past three weeks with no activity ever going on - can't you get it fixed?

  • Gary Karstens

    Looks to me like the DOH is getting it done! Unionized state workers getting it done!!!!!

    • The bookman

      Do you even read the stories, or just cling to any morsel of positive government information regardless of its relevance to your political goals? One word....contractors....here's another....progress.... And lastly.....incentive.

      • Aaron

        I'm reminded that Gary is not an actual person but is actually the comments of another regular poster stating as extreme and ignorant comments as they possibly can think of. With some of the comments stated, no one is that stupid.

        • Aaron

          I'm of the mind, not reminded...

          Sheesh

    • Aaron

      The only state workers on these projects are inspectors who spend the majority of their time in their cars sleeping. The work is being done by 2 separate private companies. These guys normally work 12-14 hours a day so there's no way it's DOH workers.

      Yeesh, didn't you read the story about forced overtime?

      • Roger

        Yes, Aaron, I agree, and each of the inspectors drive a different vehicle, even if they are based at the same location. But I guess thats so that when they snore, they won't bother their buddy!