KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK)—A ribbon cutting for a new bridge on I-64 took place Friday afternoon, and the West Virginia Department of Transportation released a list of facts about the project.

Governor Jim Justice and other officials officially opened the new Nitro-St. Albans bridge at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, and the bridge will open to westbound traffic on Saturday.

Below are some facts from WVDOT about the bridge:

  • The project is paid for with funding from Gov. Jim Justice’s $2.8 billion Roads to Prosperity program. 
  • The bridge is part of a $224 million Roads to Prosperity project to widen Interstate 64 to six lanes between Nitro and the US 35 interchange, alleviating a major bottleneck.  
  • This is the second largest Roads to Prosperity project in the state, in terms of dollars.  (Only the I-70 Bridges in Wheeling, a project which contains 26 interstate bridge replacements, is larger.)
  • Using Roads to Prosperity funding meant that the project could be completed all at once, rather than breaking it into smaller pieces; opening the bridge at this time would not have occurred if not for Roads to Prosperity.  
  • The new bridge has been named the Nitro WW I Memorial Bridge.

WVDOT is advising drivers to be aware of their surroundings while traveling through the work zone, even if it is part of their daily commute.