MERCER COUNTY, W. Va. (WVNS) — On Monday, the West Virginia Division of Highways held a public meeting at Princeton City Hall. The meeting was meant for the public to ask questions about the plans for the reconstruction of I-77 in Mercer County.
The project up for discussion was the paving project on the portion of interstate between the Virginia state line to Princeton, WV. According to Randy Damron with the West Virginia Department of Transportation, this project is part of Governor Jim Justice’s Roads To Prosperity.
“The traffic tie-ups, I think, is what’s on everybody’s mind. Trying to anticipate how long it’s going to take them to get through,” Damron said.
Officials with the West Virginia Department of Transportation told 59 News they know the construction is going to cause traffic, but it’s what needs to be done. The project is set to start at the beginning of May.
“To have a good road you have to have good construction, and when it’s all said and done, it’ll be a very smooth ride on I-77,” Damron said.
There will be detour for semi-trucks going north on Exit 1, since there will only be one lane. The project has three different phases, so there will be a heavy construction crew presence. Construction Engineer, Terra Goins, warned drivers to be cautious.
“Take it slow, and watch out for the guys working on the project. Follow all the traffic signs and traffic directions, and we’ll be okay,” Goins said.
We are told that construction will be finished early November 2018.