I-77 stretch reopens after massive rockslide
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Both northbound lanes of Interstate 77 near Mile Marker 3 have reopened one week after a massive rockslide closed the stretch.
"It's been a grueling week for our Division of Highways workers and the contractor as they worked around the clock to clean up the massive rockslide and detour traffic," state Department of Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox said in a statement.
"We appreciate the patience of the I-77 travelers and commend all those who played a role in reopening this vital transportation artery."
The stretch reopened at 6:30 p.m. after crews did a final assessment of the hillside, checked for road damage and cleared the road of mud and debris.
The rockslide occurred the morning of March 20. Contractor Vecellio & Grogan worked to stabilize the hillside and haul away the fallen rock while dozens of DOH employees guided travelers through the detour.