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Work halted on I-79 paving project near Clendenin

CLENDENIN, W.Va. -- Work is expected to resume next week on a 4 1/2-mile section of Interstate 79 between Elkview and Clendenin.Paving has been stopped for about two weeks on the section of highway, not long after asphalt began separating from the roadway in the northbound lanes.Contractors for West Virginia Paving in Dunbar had already repaired one patch of bad asphalt when pavement began sloughing off the northbound lane in three more spots about two miles south of the Clendenin exit.Work on the $10.5 million repaving project began in May, said Brent Walker, spokesman for the West Virginia Department of Transportation. West Virginia Paving has until the end of October to finish the job of repaving all four lanes.Two lanes, one northbound and one southbound, had already been paved when asphalt began sloughing off the northbound lane. Contractors were just beginning to put down layers of new pavement in the other lanes when work stopped on the project.
Walker said the paving contract is the first with the state to provide a nine-year warranty on the work done. Anything that goes wrong with the paving job in that time will be West Virginia Paving's responsibility to fix.Officials for West Virginia Paving did not respond to requests for information about the job Wednesday and Thursday, but Walker said company officials are aware of the problem."It's a warranty project," he said, "and it's something they're expected to replace."Walker suspects a bad batch of asphalt might be responsible for the problem.He said West Virginia Paving is expected to be back on the job next week.Reach Rusty Marks at or 304-348-1215.
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