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I-64 widening delayed for another week

Mar. 25, 2013 @ 11:41 AM

HUNTINGTON — An Interstate 64 widening project was postponed Monday for a third, consecutive week. The project supervisor cited this week’s wintery forecast. His crew had planned to being work March 11.

Now they hope to get under way April 1.

Despite the delays, the project remains on schedule for completion by Sept. 28, 2014.

The initial start date was by the contractor’s choosing, said Chris Collins, a district construction engineer for the state Division of Highways.

Crews had hoped to get a jump on the project so as to provide cushion for future delays. That has now disappeared, and Collins said future weather events could force an extension.

The $18 million project will replace east and westbound bridges crossing Cedar Crest Drive with wider structures, allowing construction crews to immediately link them with three neighboring overpasses that were expanded years ago. The end result will be an estimated four-mile section of freeway, between the 29th Street and Hal Greer Boulevard exits, with three lanes in each direction separated by a concrete barrier.

The project will require a slower speed limit of 50 miles per hour, but state officials do not anticipate major congestion. That's because the contractor is required to maintain two lanes of traffic at all times between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m.

In a related project, the state will pay $5.4 million to replace two bridges at the base of the Hal Greer interchange. They are located at the eastbound off ramp and westbound on ramp.

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