CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice directed the state Department of Transportation to notify contractors to suspend construction work on Interstate 77 northbound from the state line to Charleston.
As part of the preparation for the fallout from Hurricane Florence, the governor also issued a blanket special hauling authorization exclusively for overweight and oversized vehicles and loads delivering relief supplies.
The governor’s directive announced in a news release is part of the State of Preparedness issued earlier Tuesday.
“We need to allow our traffic to flow freely as folks travel to safer areas and to ensure that relief supplies reach their needed locations as quickly as possible,” Justice said.
The governor has also ordered the Parkways Authority to schedule extra personnel to keep all northbound toll booths open on the Turnpike.
A deck replacement project on a northbound bridge at the Ghent exit has also created an extensive backup. Construction crews anticipate that issue will be resolved by noon Wednesday.
The Parkways Authorities will advise travelers of alternate routes.