Changes could be in works for I-79 interchange at Weston

WESTON, W.Va. — A difficult interchange along I-79 in Lewis County will be scrutinized for future improvements.

The state Division of Highways will hold a public information meeting on Tuesday evening about possible improvements at the interchange at I-79 and U.S. Route 33 at Weston.

“Our engineers are looking at what can be done to improve it,” said state Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox. “So the mixture of traffic coming off I-79 and onto I-79, you don’t have that conflict.”

Presently, the southbound on ramp and exit ramp are on a single lane shared by motorists either getting on or off the highway. At times, the lane can be confusing and dangerous. Many cars are speeding up and others slowing down simultaneously.

“The increase in traffic flow with more of Corridor H being opened up over the years, it’s time to take a look at it,” Mattox said.

A public workshop to lay out the ideas for public consumption is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Peterson-Central Elementary School in Weston.

Officials said the meeting is very preliminary to begin the process of examining what could be done and to learn if the public has any strong opinions about how to improve the interchange.

The workshop, they said, is the first step in what is expected to be a long process toward design and construction.

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