UPDATE: I-79 southbound lanes are back open in the area of Frametown after crews repair damage to the roadway. The lanes were closed nearly all day after the road buckled due to heat and humidity.
UPDATE (5/15/18 5:48 PM):
The West Virginia Division of Highways says they made great progress today in making repairs to the buckled roadway along I-79 Southbound between Frametown and Servia at mile marker 46.5.
As of late afternoon, the excavation work was complete and the contractor, WV Paving, was on site and awaiting hot mix.
The southbound lanes are expected to be open between 9 and 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15.
I-79 southbound is shut down in Braxton County after the roadway buckled.
According to the Braxton County Sheriff’s Department, the 47.5 mile marker is shut down in between the Frametown and Servia exits southbound after the roadway buckled Monday night.
The WV Department of Highways says heat and humidity caused the roadway to buckle.
A detour has been set up at the Frametown exit of I-79 southbound for vehicles to leave the roadway. From there, drivers are being detoured onto Route 4 south before being diverted onto Servia-Elmira Road.
Servia-Elmira Road swings back to the interstate at the exit 46 Servia exit 3-4 miles down the roadway.
This morning, Highways District Seven crews brought in equipment to remove 100 feet of interstate roadway, where they will mill out nearly 15 inches of asphalt and concrete before a contractor will resurface.
WVDOH says the work will take all day and lanes should re-open by Wednesday morning.