BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Transportation officials are making plans for the expected rush of traffic during the 10-day National Boy Scout Jamboree in July.
Officials said Thursday that plans were being made to use the West Virginia National Guard for traffic assistance. The Register-Herald of Beckley reports (http://bit.ly/13OYAHx ) that officials also are considering waiving tolls during that time to ease traffic congestion on the West Virginia Turnpike.
All construction that requires a permanent lane closure also would be suspended during that time.
Officials expect some 20,000 staff members to begin arriving ahead of the jamboree, which will run July 15-24. That's before buses begin bringing in thousands of Boy Scouts for the event.
Another 50,000 visitors are expected during the same time at the annual Friends of Coal car show.