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Sept. 27, 2010


STAUNTON – The Interstate 81 truck climbing lane project in Rockbridge County now has a safety service patrol that will be active from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.  Additional patrols can be added based on construction activities.  The service began on Sept. 27.

The patrol area in both the northbound and southbound lanes extends from exit 195, which is at Route 11 near Lexington and Timber Ridge to exit 205, which is at Route 606 in Raphine.  The patrol area includes adjacent primary routes within the project limits.

The patrol will provide motorist assistance and disabled vehicle assistance and removal services.  The patrol will also provide quick traffic control during incidents within the work zone limits.

The cost of the service is included in the I-81 truck climbing lane project contract.

The I-81 truck climbing lane project valued at $74.2 million was awarded by Commonwealth Transportation Board on Feb. 5, 2009 to W. C. English. Completion is scheduled for fall 2012.  The work zone is along the northbound lanes from mile marker 195.6 to 202.5, which is just north of Lexington.  

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

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511.  In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-866-MY511VA (866-695-1182) (TTY/TDD users, call 711).  Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at

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