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WV Turnpike tolls may be waived for Boy Scout Jamboree traffic in July

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -

West Virginia transportation officials already are making plans for the expected rush of traffic during the inaugural 10-day National Boy Scout Jamboree in July.

Officials said May 23 that plans were being made to use the West Virginia National Guard for traffic assistance. The Register-Herald of Beckley reported that officials also are considering waiving tolls during that time to ease traffic congestion on the West Virginia Turnpike.

All ongoing construction that requires a permanent lane closure also would be suspended during that time.

Officials expect some 20,000 staff members to begin arriving before the jamboree, which will run July 15-24, and that's even before buses begin to bring in thousands of Boy Scouts for the event.

Another 50,000 visitors are expected in the area during the same time at the annual Friends of Coal car show.

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