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STA11-174

Aug. 11, 2011



I-81 MOTORISTS SHOULD EXPECT EXTENDED BACKUPS IN HARRISONBURG AREA

STAUNTON – (12:30 p.m.) A mid-morning traffic crash on Interstate 81 near mile marker 242 in the Harrisonburg area has caused extended traffic back ups.  Both southbound lanes are closed but traffic is getting by on the shoulder according to the Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton Traffic Operation Center staff.  The northbound left shoulder and left lane are also closed.

Emergency responders are at the crash site, which involves a truck carrying milk and involves another vehicle.  There is no estimate at this time when the travel lanes will reopen.

The TOC reports traffic backups of up to five miles in both the northbound lanes and the southbound lanes.  Motorists should expect significant delays when traveling through this area.

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.  Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.  For other assistance call the VDOT Customer Service Center, available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.  Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads.

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