The Times West Virginian

May 11, 2013

Workers repairing hole in Interstate 79 bridge

No one injured during rash of minor accidents

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Watch your step on Interstate 79 north.

There’s a hole in the bridge that crosses over the Pricketts Fort road at exit 139.

And it’s a big one.

While the Division of Highways is fixing the gap in the concrete, traffic in that area will be reduced to one lane.

The section of pavement gave way at around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, causing a rash of fender-benders and other minor accidents. No one was injured, however.

At the time, the entire lane was closed and traffic rerouted. A single lane opened up a few hours later.

On Friday afternoon, traffic was backing up for miles as road crews worked to repair the gaping hole.

By Friday evening, traffic was backing up as the single lane forced drivers to reduce speed and let stragglers over or caused the stragglers hope some kind motorist would let them over.

It is not known how long repairs would take.


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