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UPDATE: I-77 North to be closed again Tuesday

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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - The northbound lane of Interstate 77 between Bluefield and Princeton was closed again Monday morning as crews worked to removed debris left as a result of blasting to remove an unstable section of rock.

Both northbound lanes were closed around 8 a.m. Monday, according to Department of Transportation officials.

Both northbound lanes are expected to be closed until dusk, according to Brent Walker with the DOT.

Both northbound lanes are expected to be closed again on Tuesday, from 7 a.m. to dusk.

Expect delays on Route 460 in the Princeton area as traffic is detoured there.

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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - The southbound lane of Interstate 77 has been reopened after blasting was conducted Friday to remove unstable rocks from a mountainside.

The northbound lane is expected to be closed at least until dusk.

Approximately 50 workers were on-site on I-77 at mile marker 3.2 near Bluefield. Outside contractors conducted the drilling and blasting.

Approximately 300 to 500 yards of debris will be removed. The unstable section of rock is approximately 125 feet up.

The southbound lane will only be closed while blasting is being conducted.

Tom Camden, District 10 manager with the Department of Highways, encourages motorists to avoid this section of I-77 altogether.

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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - A nine-mile section of Interstate 77 will be closed Friday so crews can blast apart a slipping hillside.

Both the north and southbound lanes of I-77 from exit one in Bluefield to exit nine in Princeton will be shut down from 10 a.m. until noon.

Drivers can expect long delays as they detour along Route 460.

One lane of I-77 Northbound near mile-marker three has been closed since rocks began sliding from the hillside earlier this month.

Earlier this year, a major rock slide near the same area closed both northbound lanes for more than a week.

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