Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

April 3, 2013

Thanks to DOH employees during rock slide

I am writing to commend the West Virginia Division of Highways employees for their efforts in directing traffic at the four traffic lights during the rock slide situation on I-77. Day and night, rain, snow, or sunshine these workers were there trying to help move traffic along. What is sad is the abuse they received from the motorists who cannot appreciate their efforts. Once they began directing traffic, the tie-ups were not nearly as bad as the first couple of days.

Also I would have thought the persons in charge of this district would have had a notice put up in Virginia on I-77 below Fort Chiswell and routed traffic going north to detour on  I-81 north to Dublin, Va., and across Route 100 to Route  460. The trip would have been a little further in distance, but a lot of vehicles would have been taken off of Route 460 between Bluefield and Princeton and they probably would not have been delayed. Another thought would have been to make the southbound side of I-77 a two-lane highway from the tunnel to Ingleside. I have seen this done on many roads where bridge work is being done.

Joe Hampton



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