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Interstate 77/64 reopens after utility pole repair

By Staff reports
Lawrence Pierce
Interstate 64/77 in downtown Charleston was eerily bereft of vehicles for a few minutes Friday afternoon after police shut it down so Appalachian Power crews could replace a utility line over the highway. A truck hit a utility pole on Piedmont Road next to the interstate earlier Friday.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A section of Interstate 77/64 has reopened as Division of Highways crews worked to replace a utility pole.

Charleston Police briefly closed a section of Interstate 77/64 in both directions at about 3:30 p.m. The closing only lasted about five minutes.

The interstate was shortly blocked between the Capitol Street/Greenbrier Street exits and the Capitol Street/Leon Sullivan exits for about 20 minutes.

A truck hit a utility pole near Piedmont Road, next to the interstate, early Friday morning. The pole became destabilized, causing a potentially hazardous situation, according to Kanawha County Metro 911.


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