Truckers getting fined for ignoring I-77 detour in West Virginia

A construction project on I-77 northbound in West Virginia, just north of the Virginia state line, is requiring commercial trucks to detour around an eight-mile section of the interstate.

Recent reports, however, indicate that a number of truckers have been ticketed for ignoring the detour and continuing along the interstate.

The Register-Herald in Beckley, W.V., is reporting truckers and other large vehicles are being asked to take exit 1 off of I-77 and follow detour signs east along Route 460 before getting back on I-77 at exit 9. The report notes that state troopers have written more than 100 tickets to truckers, with no warnings, in just over a week since the project began.

The report adds that signs for the detour are posted as far back as Christiansburg, Va., more than 25 miles from the state line.

The first offense is a $100 fine with up to $200 fines for additional offenses, the report states.

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