West Virginia: Doing Something about a Deadly stretch of I-77

It’s about time. After an alarming increase in crashes on Interstate 77 involving tractor trailers, including eight fatalities in the last 19 months near Camp Creek in Mercer County, the West Virginia Parkways Authority is finally taking action.

It was announced last week that the Parkways Authority, working in conjunction with the West Virginia Public Service Commission and the West Virginia State Police, will be dedicating an additional full-time PSC patrol unit to monitor the West Virginia Turnpike for speeding while also inspecting commercial vehicles. The new unit will increase the number of PSC patrol officers on the turnpike to three, a number that is still painfully insufficient given the length of the 88-mile toll road, which extends from Princeton in Mercer County to Charleston in Kanawha County.