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STA11-066

March 31, 2011



INTERSTATE 81 SOUTHBOUND LANE CLOSURES IN AUGUSTA COUNTY FOR APRIL 1–7
I-81 In-Place Pavement Recycling Project: www.VirginiaI-81Pave.org

STAUNTON – Single lane 24-hour closures on Interstate 81 southbound for April 1 to 7 are canceled, which are part of the Interstate 81 In-Place Pavement Recycling Project in Augusta County. Nighttime southbound lane closures scheduled for March 31 are canceled. This schedule change is due to inclement weather.

On April 1 from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. and on April 2 from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. portions of the left shoulder and left southbound lane of I-81 will be closed between exit 217 and exit 213.  Crews will be strengthening the shoulder area to support traffic in preparation for the closure of the right travel lane for extensive milling and paving work.

The I-81 In-Place Pavement Recycling Project is located in the I-81 southbound lanes, south of Staunton near exit 217 at Route 654 in the Mint Spring area and exit 213 at Route 11 in the Greenville area.  

The 24 hours-a-day closures, which are now scheduled to start on April 8 to 14, will close a single southbound lane between exit 217 and exit 214 for milling and paving work. There are eight planned 24 hour-a-day closure blocks between March 25 and June 9.  A single closure block begins on Fridays at 9 p.m. and ends the following Thursday at 7 a.m.  The second of the eight closure blocks was planned for April 1 to 7. It is this closure that is now canceled.  The remaining six closure blocks are still scheduled to occur. All 24-hour closure blocks are scheduled to end by June 9.  For a complete closure listing please visit www.VirginiaI-81Pave.org for project information.

All work is weather permitting.  If crews complete their work early, lanes may reopen sooner than stated.

The  I-81 In-Place Pavement Recycling Project valued at $7.6 million was awarded by Commonwealth Transportation Board on Dec. 8, 2010 to Lanford Brothers Co. of Roanoke Completion is scheduled for November 2011.

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 www.511Virginia.org . Email alerts for specific roads and times can also be obtained by signing up on the 511 website using the My 511 Control Room tab.

On Twitter follow @I81VA for 511 alerts for the I-81 corridor in Virginia.

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