WINFIELD, W.Va. -- As of midnight Sunday, the Winfield Bridge is closed to all traffic until late August.
The bridge, also known as the Ross Booth Memorial Bridge, closed for painting and repairs. It is scheduled to reopen Aug. 20.
County drivers commuting from the north side of the Kanawha River between the areas of Red House, Eleanor and Winfield will be detoured onto W.Va. 62 and W.Va. 817 to the Buffalo Bridge or the Nitro or St. Albans interchange on Interstate 64.
In anticipation of possible accidents, Putnam County Emergency Services will have an ambulance stationed in the Fraziers Bottom and Poca area during peak traffic times, said Cecil Kimble, director of Putnam County Ambulance Service.
"It's just during rush hour time until we get a handle on the traffic flow and the patterns, and everyone gets used to the bridge being closed," Kimble said.
Kimble said he plans to have the ambulances available on the north side of the river for about two weeks.
"We expect there to be some pretty heavy traffic delays, and we just want to be able to have those trucks situated where they're able to respond and not get too bottled up with everything," he said.
Peak traffic times are from about 5:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, he said.