Construction on I-77 may take up to three years to complete


BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — The Beckley Widening Project is intended to add a third lane in both directions on I-77 around the Beckley area. These plans were put into action as part of Governor Jim Justice’s Roads to Prosperity Program,

West Virginia Parkways Authority General Manager, Greg Barr, said these changes will make drivers more comfortable on this stretch of the interstate.

“It’s going to be a very modern, three lanes in both directions, long exit and entrance ramps, and a very very safe road that will have greater capacity that will be there for the next 50 years,” Barr said.

Drivers can get frustrated with the congestion this construction is creating. But one driver, Beth Duvall, said it is making her more aware of what is happening in the lanes next to her.

“You have to go pretty slow and watch the people beside you because all of the sudden you’re going along and you’re going to have to shift or change a lane or a lane closes,” Duvall said. “Then you got someone who tries to beat everybody and slide in the front of you real quick.”

The project started at the end of Fall 2018, and will continue for the next three years. Officials told 59News this project will make traveling through this section of the turnpike easier for drivers.

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