I-64 to close at 6:30 p.m. for utility line repair
HUNTINGTON — A dump truck driver’s mishap forced officials to close all lanes of Interstate 64 early Monday in Huntington, with lanes to shut down again at 6:30 p.m. this evening for repair.
According to utility and state highways officials, the incident happened just before 7:30 a.m. Monday at the Cedar Crest Drive overpass, located between the 12- and 14-mile markers of I-64 and just east of the Hal Greer Boulevard exit.
The driver was dumping asphalt onto the freeway when his raised truck bed made contact with the utility line, said Donald Rose, project supervisor for the state Division of Highways. The impact broke a nearby utility pole forcing its lines to fall onto the freeway below.
Rose said both east and westbound traffic will be shut down at 6:30 p.m. so the repair process can begin. That means westbound traffic will be diverted off the 29th Street Exit at milemarker 15. And eastbound traffic will be diverted off the Hal Greer Boulevard Exit at milemarker 11.
Rose said it should take about two hours.
American Electric Power spokesman Phil Moye said the truck made contact with a communications line. That broke an AEP-owned utility pole and cut electricity to nearly 200 customers.
Those responding to the accident reported no injuries. Rose said crews clipped the downed utility lines and removed them from I-64, allowing emergency crews to reopen the heavily traveled freeway in approximately 45 minutes.
East and westbound traffic resumed about 8:15 a.m. Monday. Motorists had been forced off I-64 at the Hal Greer and 29th Street exits, which caused additional traffic congestion on U.S. 60, Hal Greer Boulevard and other spots in Huntington.
Look for complete coverage in Tuesday's edition of The Herald-Dispatch.
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