Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 3, 2013

Right lane of Interstate 77 at three-mile marker still closed

BLUEFIELD — A geologist with the West Virginia Department of Highways is scheduled to examine a cliff where some rocks fell Monday near Interstate 77.

The rocks were noticed Monday afternoon. The right lane at the three-mile marker was closed as a precaution, said Tom Camden, supervisor for District 10 with the department of highways.

“Technically, we just had a number of rocks more than usual,” Camden said today. “That area has always been prone to that to some degree. We’re just trying to be cautious and avoid what happened back in the spring.”

In March, a major rockslide closed both northbound lanes of I-77 near the three-mile marker. Northbound traffic had to be rerouted to U.S. Route 460 until the debris was cleared away.

A geologist is scheduled to examine the cliff today, Camden said. The barriers at the site will be increased.

For more about the cliff situation, read Wednesday’s Daily Telegraph or visit


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