West Virginia DOT eyeing fixes for dangerous stretch of I-64

By Reed Black, Land Line Now staff reporter | 10/30/2015

A truck crash on Interstate 64 in West Virginia this week has the state Department of Transportation repeating its warning for trucks to slow down on a curving stretch of highway just northwest of Charleston. A tractor-trailer went over an embankment during a rainstorm.

The three-mile stretch between the towns of Cross Lanes and Institute has seen five serious crashes since mid-August and 383 accidents in the past three years.

There is a 70-mile-an-hour speed limit but signs urge truckers to slow down to 55.

DOT spokeswoman Carrie Bly says speed and bad weather conditions are behind most of the wrecks, and that they are considering ways to improve things.

“We are looking at could additional signage be something that we can do and we are also looking at the roadway service,” Bly told “Land Line Now.” “ Would putting some type of abrasive down, whether it’s a high-friction in-surface treatment or just making some type of repair to that road, could that assist in lowering the crashes there?”

Bly says, despite the high number of wrecks on that part of I-64, the number is still lower than the statewide average.

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