Construction near the Ghent exit on I-77 is causing major delays for northbound traffic; however, Governor Jim Justice directed the West Virginia Department of Transportation to notify contractors to suspend construction on the turnpike northbound from the state line to Charleston.
This is part of the State of Preparedness issued ahead of Hurricane Florence. Governor Justice also issued a blanket special hauling authorization exclusively for overweight and oversized vehicles, and loads carrying relief supplies.
Traffic is slow moving or even at a standstill on I-77 northbound in some spots as far as the Bluestone Travel Plaza. Construction crews anticipate this issue will be resolved by Noon on Wednesday, September 12.
Mercer County Dispatchers also told 59News a mandatory detour is in effect for people traveling northbound on I-77. Cars are being instructed to get off at Exit 9 and take U.S. 460 towards Route 219.