The West Virginia Division of Highways is hopeful that a section of the West Virginia turnpike will be much safer after the speed limit on a dangerous stretch of the road is lowered.
The section of Interstate 77 near Camp Creek will now require drivers to slow down to 60 miles per hour to help prevent accidents in the mountainous area.
Numerous accidents caused deaths and injuries in the area over the past few years, and officials claim tractor trailers crossing over the median have been a common catastrophe for the highway.
Greg Barr of the West Virginia Parkways Authority said while the speed limit change is a step in the right direction, they are continuing to look for more ways to make the turnpike safer.
“Is there a different barrier system that we could put up to stop tractor trailers and make that section safer and prevent crossovers of the nature that has occurred?” Barr speculated.
Barr also said that enhanced police patrols and a comprehensive analysis are ongoing in order to continue to increase the safety of the I-77 near Camp Creek.