Lighting Project on I-64 Causes Delays, Mixed Reactions From Drivers

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Drivers in Cabell County are having to deal with a few traffic backups this weekend as a roadway lighting project is underway on I-64.

13 News first told you about this story on Thursday.

The lighting project is taking place along six interchanges on I-64 and is causing delays from Exit 1 (Kenova), all the way through Exit 20 (Huntington Mall).

High mast lighting towers are being installed this weekend at:

  • Kenova (Exit 1)
  • West Huntington (Exit 6)
  • 5th Street (Exit 8)
  • 29th Street (Exit 15)
  • Barboursville (Exit 18)
  • Huntington Mall (Exit 20)

Saturday afternoon, 13 News Reporter Shannon Litton took a trip to the Huntington Mall to catch up with drivers stuck in the middle of the traffic jam. 

“That’s not good,” said a frustrated driver coming from Lucasville, Ohio.

Even little Anna Holley had the same sentiment, “I just [want to] get home,” she said.

Other drivers, like David Lemming, said this roadway lighting project was very important.

“I think it’s [going to] to be a good idea, [it’ll] have [I-64] better lit up,” said Lemming. “There’s so many accidents right here along the interstate and I don’t know if it’s because of the lighting or not, but it can’t do anything but help us.”

Amy Holley, Anna’s mom, says she is just making the best out of a bad situation.

“If you come to the mall, you’re pretty much not in a hurry anyway. They’ve advertised it well, [they’ve] let everybody know what’s happening,” said Holley. “I knew what to expect when we came out [to the mall] today.”

Assisting with the installation of the new lights was a helicopter.

Work crews tell 13 News that the helicopter came from Georgia, and that it’s moving from one work area to the next faster than they expected.

“It’s kind of fun to watch,” Holley noted.

Even though little Anna Holley was stuck in traffic, she told 13 News she’s still sticking to her plans as soon as she gets home.

“[I’ll] probably pack for my friend’s house,” she said.

The roadway lighting project should wrap up on Saturday.

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