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Old 12-10-2009, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Cook County
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Hey ladies and gents, just had a quick question how the road conditions are overall on I-77 south of Charleston. I understand if its snowing it will be worse, but my questions is about black ice or other things to be extra cautious of. Should taking I77 from the Virgina border to Charleston be avoided at this time of year, or is it well salted and plowed? My only winter driving experience is in the open flat lands of the midwest so I am not really sure what to tell people to expect going up I-77 in Dec/Jan/Feb. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Winfield, WV
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The WV Turnpike is usually well kept in the winter. However i will warn you, There are three toll stops between Princeton and Charleston. It is now $2.00 per booth now, they raised each stop .75 cents.
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Old 12-10-2009, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Western Pennsylvania
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Unless you're talking about being right in the middle of a big storm, I wouldn't worry about I-77 (or any of the other Interstates in WV). Use common sense, however, and if you feel uncomfortable crossing the Appalachian Mountains, stop at one of the many fine motels in Princeton, Beckley, or Charleston.
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Old 12-10-2009, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Hurricane, West Virginia
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For an experienced driver who uses common sense, you should be more than fine. I will say, though...That stretch of road is not my favorite road to travel. The are very windy ess-curves with a lot of steep grading.
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:00 PM
 
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I usually go to Florida sometime during the Winter months and everytime I've been on 77 when we were just having snow showers usually only one lane was treated here in WV. Cross over the line into Virginia and the roads were a lot better.
It was the same way on 68 a lot of times also. WV would have one lane treated in either direction and Maryland would have everything cleared going into Garrett Co.
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:04 PM
 
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Black-ice? Usually above 1,800 ft elevation...that would be parts of I-68..into Maryland.

Not so much in the lower part of the state...but Beckley/Bluefield might surprise you because of wind shear.

Do not use your cruise control in icey / snowy conditions...
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Old 12-11-2009, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Cook County
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Thanks for your responses guys : )
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