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West Virginia rest areas to be open for holiday weekend

CHARLESTON — All rest areas and Welcome Centers in West Virginia will be open this weekend for travelers over the July 4 holidays, the West Virginia Division of Highways said.

The centers on I-64, I-68, I-77 and I-79 are being maintained during the pandemic as personnel are working on an enhanced cleaning schedule with disinfection protocols in place, the division said.

On 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 of more than 2,000 cars an hour in some periods with the heaviest days being Thursday, Friday and Sunday, then the following weekend on July 10, 11 and 12, the division said.

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

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