The Times West Virginian

December 11, 2012

I-77 motorists urged to look for detours

Associated Press

CHARLESTON — State Police say they’re being inundated with calls from drivers trying to travel a section of Interstate 77 that was burned up following a gas line explosion, but those calls need to go to the Division of Highways.

I-77 is closed northbound at mile marker 111 and southbound at mile marker 114.

Travelers can go to the DOH website or call 877-WVA-ROAD (877-982-7623) for information on detours.

State Police Sgt. Michael Baylous says the options include taking Interstate 79 North to Clarksburg, where drivers can get on U.S. 50 to Parkersburg.

They also can take 79 North to Wallback, then pick up state Route 36 to U.S. 33 to Ripley, then get back on Interstate 77.

Tuesday’s explosion destroyed four homes and damaged others.

Nobody was killed, but several people were treated for smoke inhalation.