UPDATE: Repairs complete at East River Mountain Tunnel

Local - 7/30/2014 10:59 AM by Rebecca Turco

UPDATE:

CHARLESTON - Repairs are complete at the East River Mountain Tunnel, according to officials.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (DOT) was able to complete its repairs of the East River Mountain Tunnel overnight, according to Carrie Bly with the West Virginia DOT.

The northbound tunnel had been scheduled to be closed Wednesday night through Thursday morning, but it will remain open. The West Virginia DOT assisted the Virginia DOT with repairs.

A tractor trailer fire on Friday afternoon had led to closures of the tunnel's northbound lanes for more than 18 hours.

------------------------------------

ORIGINAL: 7/29/14, 10:13 a.m.

CHARLESTON - A portion of I-77 will be closed intermittently to repair damage caused by Friday's tractor trailer fire at the East River Mountain Tunnel.

The northbound lanes of the interstate tunnel will be closed from 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 29 through 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, then again from 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 through 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31, according to Carrie Bly with the West Virginia Department of Transportation says. Bly said northbound traffic will be piloted through the southbound side of the tunnel through a rolling stop, allowing both sides of traffic to alternate.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is assisting the Virginia Department of Transportation with repairs. Travelers should expect heavy delays.

The northbound lanes of the tunnel had initially been closed for more than 18 hours following Friday afternoon's fire. 


Community


Member Submitted