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Business Owners concerned about I-77 road work

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The construction on Interstate 77 in Mercer County is set to start this Thursday and local businesses are preparing for any potential impact including tourism concerns.

The Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce and Mercer County CVB held a meeting today in Bluefield at the Quality Inn. 

Business owners had the opportunity to voice their concerns about how the road construction could affect their bottom line.

The concerns voiced during the meeting related to tourists being discouraged from traveling on Interstate 77 and taking a route leading them away from West Virginia. 

Joshua Cline is the President of the Bluefield Chamber of Commerce. He sees the bigger impact of this road project on Mercer County.

"Summer's a busy season in the business world in our area," said Cline. "We have a lot of folks that travel though this area. We want to make sure folks can make plans for their business and forecast what their needs are going to be."

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