UPDATE: I-79 SB in Braxton County back open

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Braxton County dispatchers say the southbound lanes of I-79 reopened around 10:15 p.m., Tuesday.

Courtesy: WSAZ

The West Virginia Division of Highways says a portion of I-79 southbound shut down Monday evening is expected to reopen between 9 and 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The section of interstate is between Frametown and Servia near mile marker 46.5. Officials say the roadway "buckled" due to heat and humidity. Crews have been working to repair the road.

The northbound lanes were not affected. Traffic in the southbound lanes is currently being rerouted along WV 4.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is working to repair a buckled road along I-79 south in Braxton County.

The issue was noticed by drivers Monday evening near the Servia Road exit.

WVDOT tells WSAZ that heat and humidity caused the road to heave and buckle.

At this time the southbound lanes are completely closed while crews make necessary repairs. They have to remove 100 feet of interstate road, mill out 15 inches of asphalt and concrete and then resurface it.

The road is expected to be reopened by Wednesday morning.

Drivers heading south on I-79 are required to exit at Frametown, travel along WV4 to County Route 11 and re-enter I-79 at Servia.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation told WSAZ that it hopes to have repairs done and I-79 south back open in Braxton County by Tuesday evening.

Crews say water under the road forced the asphalt to hoove up near the Servia exit.

All southbound traffic is being diverted at the Frametown exit onto Route 4 then to Servia Road.

Vehicles then can get back on I-79 south at the Servia entrance ramp.

In normal times, it's a 15 minute drive without traffic, but it will take drivers a little longer as all southbound traffic is being directed onto that road.

Northbound traffic isn't affected.

A Braxton County 911 dispatcher tells WSAZ that the southbound lanes of I-79 are shut down and traffic is being rerouted.

The dispatcher said the blacktop is "hooved up" at mile marker 46.5.

She said the southbound lanes of I-79 are being detoured at the Frametown exit (51 mm) and rerouted down Route 4 to Servia Road.

Traffic will get back on the interstate at the Servia entrance ramp (46 mm).

The Department of Highways is on scene, setting up detour signs.

No word on how long it'll take to make repairs.

The northbound traffic of I-79 isn't affected.

Keep checking the WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.