BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — Crews with the state Division of Highways and a contractor worked Friday to sure up a hillside along Interstate 77 in Mercer County.

Blasting was done in the late morning hours in an effort to control a rockslide before it happened on its own.

The northbound lanes of I-77 between Bluefield and Princeton were closed for most of the day with a detour set up on U.S. routes 52 and 460. The southbound lanes were closed a few times during the clean-up process.

The slide is close to another slide that happened earlier this year and closed the interstate to northbound traffic for several days.

The DOH reopened the fast lane northbound Friday evening to all traffic but will close the lane and have motorists begin using the detour again at 6 a.m. Saturday.

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  • Patchy

    Another DOH debacle. No police at lights along 460 through Princeton so it's gridlock as they cycle normally.