MERCER COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Mercer County businesses were able to discuss their concerns with the upcoming paving project on I-77.
For the next several months, a northbound lane on I-77 will be closed from exit one to exit nine. During that time large semi trucks and motor coaches will be re-routed onto rt460.
Several owners add that they’re concerned that their business may slow down if the steady traffic changes.
The Mercer County Convention Bureau is extremely worried about the changes that are soon to be made at the two exits.
Executive Director, Jamie Null adds, “We the CVB are funded through hotel and motel tax so exits one and nine are important to us because that’s how we receive our funding to advertise Mercer County as a destination across the county .”
Phase one of project will begin the morning of May 17th and end sometime in June. Phase two will begin shortly after and end in September, then finally phase three will begin after Labor Day and conclude in November.
The DOH urges that drivers should travel during the morning hours to avoid congestion on the roadways.