NITRO, WV (WOWK) – Blasting began today on the major I-64 widening project near the Nitro-St. Albans interstate bridge.

Road crews started the blasting portion of the project, Tuesday, July 20, with more blasts planned daily on weekdays between noon and 2 p.m. through August while the work is underway. This will require road crews to use “rolling roadblocks” on the eastbound lanes of I-64. The St. Albans eastbound and westbound on ramps and the Nitro westbound on ramp will also be closed prior to each blast.

The $224 million dollar project is expected to eventially help alleviate traffic congestion through the area. For now though, drivers will need to be prepared to be patient.

Officials say, for now, they aren’t expecting any major traffic hiccups other than at blasting times, but the Division of Highways says closer to fall, traffic will start to be re-directed.

“Your commute is going to be a little bit longer. The speed limit is going to drop. We ask that traffic follows the speed limit, slow down, pay attention and don’t be distracted. Get through the work zone and get to work and get home. Let us get to work and get home,” said James Hamilton, Area Engineer, District One Construction.

Work on the bridges and widening project is expected to be finished in 2023.