Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 13, 2013

Second blasting to close southbound Interstate 77 by 4 p.m. today

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Contractors working on stabilizing a cliff along the northbound lanes of Interstate 77 near Bluefield have determined that more blasting is necessary. Northbound traffic continues to be rerouted on U.S. Route 460.

Tom Camden, supervisor for District 10 of the state Department of Highways, said the second round of blasting at mile-marker 3 should begin at 4 p.m. The cliff was blasted for the first time today at noon. Contractors said they needed the blasting to remove more stone.

“Apparently, they weren’t able to remove as much material as they thought they would by hand,” Camden said.

Southbound lanes will be closed again while blasting is underway. Camden said the lanes could reopen shortly after the blasting.

“Hopefully, no more than 30 minutes,” he said.

Northbound traffic is being rerouted onto U.S. Route 460 where it is traveling east to Princeton where it will rejoin I-77, he said.

The cliff is being stabilized to reduce the chances of rockslides blocking the interstate highway.