Power line repair briefly closes I-77
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Officials had to close a portion of Interstate 77 just north of Ripley for a brief period Tuesday evening to repair an Appalachian Power transmission line that fell earlier in the day, knocking out power to more than 1,800 households.
The portion that fell did not fall onto the highway. Rather, it was a section near where the line crosses the interstate.
Appalachian Power spokesman Phil Moye said that just before noon Thursday a 69 kilovolt transmission line fell onto a smaller distribution line, knocking out service to 1,874 customers in the Ripley area.
Power crews spent much of the afternoon repairing the damaged distribution line. However, in order to safely raise the downed section of transmission line, crews had to block off portions of the north and southbound lanes of Interstate 77. The process lasted about 20 minutes, and was completed by 6:30 p.m.