CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday westbound traffic on Interstate 64 between Milton and Hurricane has been switched from the slow lane to the fast lane.

This change follows the completion of work in the fast lane to rehabilitate the stretch of road. The project involves removing existing asphalt, destroying the underlying concrete layer and laying down a new asphalt layer.

Later work will involve installing a second base asphalt layer and final resurfacing.

Changes regarding eastbound traffic are expected to be announced next week.

Department of Transportation communications director Brent Walker said the project is on schedule, and crews are working to accelerate the amount of work being done.

“We understand the sensitivities there and the traffic backups,” he said. “We’re doing everything we can to provide a safe work zone and make it as efficient as we can.”

The speed limit between mileposts 24 and 44 is 55 miles per hour. Walker said motorists should pay attention while driving, especially in that stretch of road.

“Law enforcement agencies will continue their enforcement,” he said. “We just want to continue to remind travelers that when you’re in a work zone, don’t stress out and continue to be aware. Most importantly, slow down.”

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