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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Sandy.Myers@vdot.virginia.gov
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Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Ken.Slack@vdot.virginia.gov
540-414-5670 (cell)
STA11-007

Jan. 11, 2011



I-81 NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND CLOSED IN HARRISONBURG AREA

STAUNTON – All northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 81 are closed between exit 243 and exit 245 in the Harrisonburg area.  Traffic is being detoured to Route 11 between these two exits.  Exit 243 is near the southern end of the city.  Exit 245 is next to James Madison University.

The closure is due to an electrical transformer malfunction that has caused the transformer and electrical lines to catch on fire, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton Operations Center.  There is concern from local fire officials that the electrical lines could burn and fall onto the interstate.

The lane closures will last at least an hour or two.

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

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