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Tunnel Closure Tonight and Tomorrow Night
Posted 7/29/14 7:43pm
The northbound East River Mountain Tunnel will be closed tonight and tomorrow night due to additional cleanup. Slight to major delays is to be expected during these times as northbound traffic is diverted onto the southbound side of I-77 through the tunnel. Depending on traffic backup, Tazewell may see some of the overflow if motorists opt for the Gratton/Clearfork Rt. 61 detour.
Cleanup continues at the I-77 East River Mountain Tunnel in Bland County following a tractor-trailer fire on Friday, July 25. Workers will perform tunnel washing during the overnight hours tonight and Wednesday night to remove soot from the tunnel walls inside the northbound tube.
The work will take place beginning tonight (Tuesday, July 29) at 8 p.m. until Wednesday (July 30) at 8 a.m. Work will resume Wednesday (July 30) at 8 p.m. and end Thursday (July 31) at 7 a.m.
During the cleanup, motorists should be alert to “slow-roll lane closures” guided by Virginia State Police. While cleanup work is occurring in the northbound tube, Virginia State Police
will coordinate the slow-roll lane closure in the southbound tube, alternating between northbound and southbound traffic.
Motorists should anticipate delays. Check travel conditions before traveling by dialing 511, visiting www.511Virginia.org or
by calling VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623).
West Virginia State Police will be in charge of slowed traffic on the northside of the tunnel.
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