Traffic alert | Construction will begin Monday on MacCorkle Ave.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A major construction project is set to begin Monday in the Kanawha City area of ​​Charleston, and the West Virginia Department of Highways (DOH) is warning drivers to expect big changes and delays.

The project will last two years and completely reconstruct MacCorkle Avenue between CAMC Memorial Hospital and the Chuck Yeager Memorial Bridge, DOH officials said. Crews will work block by block to completely replace the roadway, sidewalks, medians, streetlights and traffic lights.

No new lanes will be added, but the project will replace the pothole-covered road surface drivers have complained about for years. We first reported the issue in 2020 when elected officials called for the road to be repaired quickly. Then, in 2021, a local grocery store flagged road conditions with a sign saying “what a state of embarrassment.”

“You have to get in the left lane because it kind of cringes,” said resident Mary Perdue-Jones. “The roads are just pitiful. I think it also affects businesses in the region.

“Ah that’s terrible. It’s almost like a quilt,” said Julie Schleider, owner of Dixieland Carpet Outlet. winter after snows and rains you get the big potholes you have to worry about your car getting torn up in. For the past few years it’s been really, really bad.

Schleider said the whole area would be relieved to see the heavy equipment arrive and roadwork begin, and she thinks a little more traffic is worth removing the bumps.

West Virginia Division of Highways plans to repave MacCorkle Avenue

The project aims to reduce traffic delays and business impacts by carrying out most construction work at night between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. beginning Monday evening. There will be narrow lanes and speed limits in work zones in place during the day, but at least one lane in each direction will be open at all times.

“We don’t want to discourage anyone from continuing to use MacCorkle Avenue, of course, but we want everyone to be aware of what they’re going to encounter when they get here,” said DOH State Highways Engineer Joe Pack. .

“There are going to be issues,” Pack said. “We’re not going to tell you it’s just going to be candy and whistles. There will be times when it will be difficult and we do not avoid that, but in order to be able to obtain the product that we want in the end, that is what it takes. »

The first phase of construction will begin at 33rd Street and continue to 40th Street over the next two years. The other phases will then repair the road through the rest of Kanawha Town.

The DOH has created a website with project information that will be updated as milestones are reached. It also includes live traffic cameras in the area so drivers can see road conditions.

The second phase of the project is about to go out to tender, Pack said. Construction of this stretch of road is expected to begin this fall.

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