Damaged interstate bridge lane reopens near Parkersburg after repairs

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Workers have completed repairs to an interstate bridge in West Virginia and reopened it fully.

The Interstate 77 bridge over U.S. 50 near Parkersburg has been hit by heavy trucks several times in recent years.

A northbound lane of the bridge has been closed for more than two years.

The Department of Transportation says the Division of Highways had planned to straighten out a bent support beam but decided to install new steel supports and beams around the damaged bridge section to allow the traffic lane to reopen until the bridge is replaced.

That is scheduled for 2025.