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WV DOT Opening I-77 Construction Zone for July 4th Week

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - Drivers who are aggravated with all the I-77 construction are going to get a break.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation has announced it will re-open a construction zone from Friday, June 29th through Sunday, July 8th, 2018.

Since the fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year, there was concern about all the holiday traffic for two consecutive weekends. So the construction zone on I-77 between Bluefield (exit 1) and Princeton (exit 9) will be back to normal for 10 days.

Give the public as much of the interstates back as we can. We built this into our contracts so i-77 is a great example. It carries so much holiday traffic and carries people to myrtle beach and back from Myrtle Beach. So what we're are going to do is get the contractor to wrap up, this week hopefully - barring any weather that may hold that off- but we're going to try to have the roadway completely opened back up," said WV DOT Secretary Tom Smith.

The truck detour on US-460 will also be lifted during this time period.

The construction zone speed limit will remain at 55 miles per hour, and police will be out strictly enforcing that during the 10-day holiday travel period.

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