Today begins the 9-month process of rebuilding a big part of Interstate 70.

The westbound lanes of the Fulton Bridge will close down in the westbound lanes between the Oglebay Park exit and the tunnels.

If you travel that way, you’ll either need to take I-470, or use the detour that takes you over Wheeling Hill and to Route 2.

The department asks that drivers stay patient with delays and backups, and of course, always be aware of their surroundings.

They expect the highway to be completely shut down by mid-afternoon.