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May 5, 2011


STAUNTON – Both northbound lanes are closed for sinkhole repairs on Interstate 81 northbound at mile marker 196.9 in Rockbridge County.  The left lane was closed late afternoon on Wednesday following the discovery of the sinkhole in the median and left lane.  Both lanes were closed after midnight on Thursday. This location is between exit 195 at Route 710 in the Fairfield area and exit 213 at Route 11 in the Greenville area.

An updated detour has been implemented for the sinkhole repair work on Interstate 81 northbound in Rockbridge County.

Motorists will now be detoured at exit 195, travel north on Route 11 and reenter I-81 at exit 213.  Detour signs will be in place.  Travelers should expect significant delays in this area.

The sinkhole location is within the truck climbing lane project, just north of Lexington.

Crews at the site anticipate that one lane could open by mid to late afternoon on Thursday and both lanes could be open by late Thursday evening.  All lane reopening times are subject to change.

The Virginia Department of Transportation’s on-call contractor for these repairs is General Excavation Inc. of Warrenton. VDOT and contractor crews have been working around the clock to fix the sinkhole. Pavement was cut away from the sinkhole area and excavation is complete. The sinkhole is currently being backfilled with stone and earth material to stabilize the hole. Once backfill is complete, the pavement will be applied to the area.

The Virginia Department of Transportation’s on-call contractor for these repairs is General Excavation Inc. of Warrenton.

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