- From a layman's perspective, this job did not look easy. The gas fire scorched a big swath of Interstate 77.
- It left the highway a crumbled mess.
- Nevertheless, crews did not seem daunted.
- A lot of asphalt went into the repairs:
- The work was done under big lights.
- And then there was a delay for safety's sake. But it didn't cost as much time as originally anticipated.
- — West Virginia Paving (@WVPaving)Wed, Dec 12 2012 04:34:20UPDATE on I-77 Repairs: Gas company wants us off the road for 1 hour so that they can run tests. Will resume paving SB lanes after that.
- The effort brought out the best in people.
- — West Virginia Paving (@WVPaving)Wed, Dec 12 2012 04:49:47Would like to thank the Red Cross for their food/coffee they brought out to us tonight. Would also like to thank Gino's Pizza in Sissonville
- Progress was steady through the night.
- — West Virginia Paving (@WVPaving)Wed, Dec 12 2012 10:48:20@LisaRobbinsWOWK It's cold!!! Work on the SB lanes will take a little longer due to more severe damage to that side. Still shooting for 8AM.
I-77 re-opens with amazing speed. Here's how it happened
With Interstate 77 crumbling and impassable after a massive gas fire, crews from West Virginia Paving and the West Virginia Department of Transportation went to work. Here's the miracle they pulled off overnight.