Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 2, 2013

Road crew resume precautionary work Tuesday on Interstate 77

BLUEFIELD — State road crews are taking precautionary measures Tuesday morning so rocks won’t roll into the northbound lanes of Interstate 77.

Part of the slow lane near mile-marker 3 was closed at approximately 2 p.m. Monday when road crews noticed some rocks along the highway, said Tom Camden, supervisor for District 10 of the West Virginia Department of Highways. The fast lane should remain open today while work is underway, he added.

“At this area around mile-marker 3, we have routine rock falls,” Camden said. “However, it is so close to where we had a major rock fall (earlier this) year that we decided to take some precautionary measures.”

Road crews will return Tuesday at first light to begin their work, Camden said.

“We will be back, and we may put up some more permanent barriers like the ones we had at the other slide,” he said.

In March, a massive rockslide shut down both northbound lanes of Interstate 77 near Bluefield for several days. Traffic had to be detoured onto U.S. Route 460 until vehicles could return to I-77 near Princeton.

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