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I-64 lanes, ramps closed for emergency repairs

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two lanes of westbound Interstate 64 are closed between the Virginia Street and Oakwood Road exits in Charleston, a Metro 911 dispatcher said.

The left and center lanes were closed for emergency repairs. The Lee Street westbound on-ramp was also closed.

State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Carrie Bly said workers hoped to have the lanes and the Lee Street ramp open at about 5 p.m. Thursday.

The on-ramp was open for evening traffic, but was expected to close again at 8 p.m., according to Metro 911 dispatchers.  

Workers also planned to close the Oakwood Road on-ramp and Virginia Street off-ramp from 8 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday.

Apparently, a temporary metal plate installed by workers on the road had come loose and was damaging vehicles as they drove over it, a State Police trooper at the scene said Thursday afternoon.

A Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatcher said the center had received calls early Thursday about a bolt sticking up from a metal plate on the interstate.


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