7-2-13 W.Va. seeks to slow motorists in I-81 work zone

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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — State officials are taking steps to slow motorists traveling through an Interstate 81 work zone in Berkeley County.

The Department of Transportation plans to put rumble strips in the work zone, along with signs directing trucks to travel in the zone’s left lane.

The 55 mile per hour speed limit in the zone will be enforced at all times.

Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox and other officials toured the work zone on Friday.

DOT spokesman Brent Walker says motorists’ average speed during the tour was 68 miles per hour. Radar guns showed the slowest speed was 61 miles per hour.

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