CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - Northbound portions of Interstate 77 are backing up just south of Beckley, West Virginia due to an increase in traffic volume coupled with road construction already underway.
The increase in traffic is related to evacuees fleeing the East coast ahead of hurricane Florence's landfall later this week.
The road construction is about 2 miles in length from mile marker 29.0 to 31.0. According to West Virginia 511, the roadwork is being conducted on a bridge in the specified area and is scheduled to be completed by September 16, 2018.
As of the 11 p.m. advisory (9/11) from the National Hurricane Center, hurricane Florence is a strong category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. Florence is expected to make landfall along the Carolina coast by late this week as a strong category 3 or 4 storm.
I have directed the @WVDOT to notify contractors to suspend construction work on I-77 NB from the state line to Charleston and to issue a blanket special hauling authorization exclusively for overweight and oversized vehicles and loads delivering relief supplies. #WV #WVGov— Governor Jim Justice (@WVGovernor) September 11, 2018