EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSI-64 Near Huntington Reopened After Power Pole Repairs
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Reported by: Kera Mashek
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Katelyn Sykes
Reported: Sep. 9, 2013 7:47 AM EDT
Updated: Sep. 9, 2013 11:18 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Power crews spent most of their Monday outside New Life Church near Huntington, repairing damage to two power poles and lines from an early morning construction accident, where a construction truck snagged utility lines, causing a pole to snap and tear the line.
It wasn't an easy fix--with all new lines needed...Lines that run *over interstate 64, forcing crews to close the entire highway for two miles, two hours Monday night.
"It's just a traffic jam. I don't know what it is about. Do you know if it's a wreck?" said driver Alec Erhardt of St. Louis.
Even with advance warning about the shut down, many drivers had no idea what they were being detoured off the interstate.
"So why am I off the highway?" said Charleston driver Allen Holder.
Many out-of-towners had no clue how to find their way around, and police officers helped redirect them.
"I was headed toward Lavelette tonight, and I have no idea how to get there now. So I've got to look at the GPS and see," Holder said.
Starting at 6:30 p.m., power crews were hoping to avoid the brunt of rush hour and get all their work finished during daylight hours.
Thankfully, the highway shut down didn't slow traffic down too much along the highway off ramps, but along one of the main detours, US 60, there was quite a back-up.
And the mess wasn't just an inconvenience for drivers.
Electricity was knocked out to about 200 customers, leaving them with no AC on a day of 90+ degree temperatures. Allison Ferrell couldn't sweat it out very long in her apartment., so she and her three-year-old son left.
"It's miserable up there. So I've been staying at a friend's," said Ferrell of Huntington.
But at least it was only a day-long of problems. By 9:30 p.m., traffic was back to normal and all customers had their power restored.
Traffic headaches on a section of Interstate 64 in Huntington began Monday morning when a construction truck knocked into a couple of utility poles and downed lines near New Life Church.
The wreck left about 200 customers without power. While repairs are being made, the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-64 will be shut down between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Monday. The area that will be shut down extends from roughly Barboursville to just past the Huntington 29th Street exit (between mile markers 12 and 14).
Heavy traffic congestion is expected during the shutdown. Vehicles headed east are being forced off I-64 at the Hal Greer exit. Motorists traveling west are being forced off at the 29th Street exit. Traffic backups are expected on U.S. 60 and several streets in Huntington.
Officials urge motorists to use caution and plan for delays.
Interstate 64 near Huntington will be shut down in both directions for about two hours Monday evening to repair fallen power lines.
The state Division of Highways plans to close east and westbound lanes between the Hal Greer and 29th Street exits at 6:30 p.m. for about two hours while crews repair damaged power lines. Power lines fell across the roadway about 7 a.m. Monday.
Drivers are asked to take an alternate route during this time.
Interstate 64 between the Hal Greer Boulevard and the 29th Street exit in Huntington reopened Monday morning after power lines fell across the roadway, 911 said.
The incident initially closed the roadway when it happened about 7:15 a.m.
Cabell County 911 dispatchers said Interstate 64 between the Hal Greer Boulevard and 29 Street exits in Huntington is closed until further notice after power lines fell across the roadway.
It happened about 7:15 a.m. Monday.
No word on what caused the lines to fall.
Authorities are asking drivers to avoid the area.
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