PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - 7/18/2018 5:25 P.M.
It has been nearly a year since an oversize truck damaged an overpass on Interstate 77 near Williamstown.
And the West Virginia Division of Highways says it may be another year before repair work on it is completed.
Since the accident in August, 2017, a portion of the southbound lanes have been closed to traffic.
Jimmy Wriston, of the DOH in Charleston, told us Wednesday design work for the repair project has been completed, and the project should go out for bids shortly.
He says the estimated completion date is August, 2019, but depending on weather, it could be completed before that date.
Construction should get under way in a couple of months.
The right lane of the I-77 Southbound bridge between Williamstown and Marietta is closed until further notice, as crews investigate possible damage to the bridge.
The West Virginia Division of Highways says it is conducting an investigation of the bridge after an incident involving a truck with an oversized load driving underneath the bridge.
The single-lane closure on the Southbound I-77 bridge will remain in place until the investigation and a repair plan are complete.
WVDOH officials say no traffic delays are expected on the bridge, but drivers should use caution when driving around the inspection zone.