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Northbound I-77 near Bluefield, W.Va., may stay closed until Wednesday
Traffic is being rerouted onto U.S. 460 to Princeton, where it reconnects with the interstate.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
BLUEFIELD, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Department of Transportation says the northbound lanes of Interstate 77 near the West Virginia-Virginia border might not reopen until Wednesday.
The department said Monday that wet and wintry weather is hampering efforts to clean up a rock slide and stabilize the hillside.
The department says it's not safe for crews to work at night. The work is being done only during daylight hours.
The slide occurred March 20 at mile marker 3 in the Bluefield area.
To prevent more slides, crews are pushing any loose hanging rock down the hillside with heavy equipment. Rock and debris are being hauled to a dump site along the interstate.
Traffic is being rerouted at exit 1 (noted on the map) onto U.S. 460 to Princeton, where it reconnects with the interstate at exit 9.<
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