"We feel like we're in compliance," he said.
Part of the issue is that in the southbound lanes, the merging taper begins right after the end of an on-ramp to the interstate from Sissonville Drive.
"It is our belief that the merger distance is too short and poorly placed - it is right at the exit and drivers get confused and then have to make last-minute corrections," Miller said.
The MUTCD does not require additional taper lengths in interchange areas, but states that such action "may be desirable."
Walker said he has heard complaints about the work zone as well, but said how people drive in the work zone can also affect the safety of the area.
"People just need to be more aware," he said. "That's something we deal with all the time in our work zones."
Ultimately, establishing the length of the merge areas and directing traffic through the work zone is the responsibility of the contractor performing the work. In this case, Triton Construction, based in Nitro, is the contractor.
Walker said the department is willing to hear other ideas about how to make the project safer for motorists.
"We want to make sure we're providing safety to the traveling public," he said.
Contact writer Matt Murphy at Matt.Mur...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817.