Three more weeks.
That's how much longer local drivers should have to deal with a massive construction project that has closed various portions of Interstates 64 and 77 in Charleston on nights and weekends for the last 17 months.
State Division of Highways contractors began a $23 million construction project to repair and resurface a large swath of Interstates 64 and 77 in Charleston.
Working on small portions each night, crews have milled, repaired and resurfaced most of the road and bridge decks around the area where the two interstates merge near downtown.
State Department of Transportation spokesman Brent Walker said -- barring any unforeseen events or inclement weather -- workers expect to finish the project by Oct. 15.
"The end is definitely in sight," Walker said. "We're definitely on the downhill side, but we're still going to have some more weekends and nights of ramp closures."
The area where the two interstates merge is one of the most trafficked portions of highway in the state. Officials say an average of 110, 000 vehicles travel through the area on any given day.
To prevent heavy traffic congestion during morning and evening commutes, crews have been doing most work at night, usually between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
"We've tried to be sensitive to the commuting hours," Walker said.
He said drivers, for the most part, have not had to encounter any major inconveniences during the construction, which should be the last major resurfacing project for the road for more than a decade.
"It was a major project for us for sure, as evidenced by the dollar amount of the project," Walker said. "But we're now in good shape for an extra 15 years."
As part of the project, crews replaced the traditional concrete surface with the latex-modified concrete overlay designed to be more durable and less vulnerable to chemical and salt treatments.
Walker said the surface of the overlay provides vehicles with better traction, which will help during winter driving conditions.