Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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Ken Slack 540-332-9264
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Oct. 7, 2009


STAUNTON – (12:15 p.m.) The left southbound lane is now open on Interstate 81 at mile marker 248.4.  Both southbound lanes were closed earlier today due to an accident. Motorists should drive with caution and expect delays in this area with backups reaching two miles.

This location is between exit 251 at Route 11 in the Harrisonburg/VDOT Residency area and exit 247 at Route 33 in the Harrisonburg/Valley Mall area.

No estimate for reopening the right lane has been provided by the Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton Traffic Operations Center.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

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Share the road. Drive drug- and alcohol-free. Obey speed limits. For more information on the Highway Safety Challenge and things you can do to avoid becoming Virginia’s next traffic fatality, visit

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