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W.Va. rest areas open for holiday travelers

CHARLESTON — With travel expected to be busy over the July 4th weekend, the West Virginia Division of Highways is pleased to announce that all rest areas and welcome centers on I-64, I-68, I-77 and I-79 will continue to be open and maintained for those traveling through the Mountain State.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, personnel are working on an enhanced cleaning schedule with disinfection protocols in place.

Along the West Virginia Turnpike, all travel plazas are open with limited food menus available. Tourist information centers are open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and trucker showers are open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Beckley Plaza.

The Parkways Authority is expecting heavy traffic (some hours of 2,000+ vehicles) starting Thursday with the heaviest days being today, Sunday July 5 and then the following weekend July 10-12. The toll plazas will attempt to keep an E-ZPass lane open as much as possible, but heavy traffic may prevent that.

Travelers can still expect work zones throughout the State, however, where possible, temporary roadway lane closures will be pulled, and two lanes maintained.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation strongly encourages masks to be worn while inside rest areas and welcome centers and to practice safe social distancing.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation asks you to please use caution when driving in work zones – Remember, Heads Up, Phones Down. Drivers should download the WV 511 app for regular traffic and road work updates or go to the website at www.WV511.org. For information about the project, visit Drive Forward WV or the WVDOT Facebook.

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