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Reactions to optional detour, I-77 South

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The West Virginia Division of Highways is nearly halfway through the Interstate 77 road project and there are lots of changes ahead that commuters need to be aware of.

The DOH says it's nearing completion on the Northbound lanes of I-77, stating on August 20th, Southbound construction will begin.

Weeks back, the DOH announced it would begin preparations for a crossover, near Exit Nine, to divert Southbound traffic into a contra-lane, opposite the Northbound lane of I-77.

But the plans for the crossover have been eliminated, and commuters traveling South are encouraged to take an optional detour at Exit Nine. The detour will divert cars onto Highway 460, connecting to John Nash Boulevard, to get back to I-77 South at Exit One. The optional detour will keep traffic on I-77 South less congested, making the construction zone safer. 

Lisa Vogan travels on I-77 frequently and will consider taking the detour when Southbound construction begins. 

"Just sounds like a lot," said Vogan. "I think people need to understand it's happening so they can prepare for the time it's going to take."

Julia Linear lives in Charleston, South Carolina, and travels the I-77 route with her family. 

"If it's not that much of a delay then it's not going to bother me at all," Linear said. " You can be inconvenienced for a little bit."

The DOH will be placing signage along the optional route, before Southbound construction begins. During the construction, there will be no mandatory commercial truck detour and police will be on speed control in the construction zone. 

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