Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
June 30, 2011
INTERSTATE 81 TRUCK CLIMBING LANE CLOSURES FOR WEEK OF JULY 4-8
STAUNTON – There will be lane closures during the week of July 4-8 at the Interstate 81 truck climbing lane project in Rockbridge County. All work is weather permitting. Motorists should anticipate possible delays in this area.
All southbound lanes will be closed from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. on July 5, 6 and 7. Motorists will detour at exit 200, travel east on Route 710 and then south on Route 11 and renter I-81 at exit 200. Crews will be demolishing the old Route 712 bridge.
Blasting will take place on July 6 at 12 p.m. The blasting locations will be on I-81 between mile-markers 201 to 202. Signs are posted in this area. Both northbound and southbound lanes will have a rolling mobile lane closure.
The blasting is part of the I-81 truck climbing lane project in Rockbridge County. The work zone is along the northbound lanes from mile marker 195.6 to 202.5, which is just north of Lexington. Blasting days will change weekly depending on project progress. Both northbound and southbound lanes will have a rolling mobile lane closure. Traffic will be slowed down so the blast area is clear of traffic during the actual blast period. Traffic will immediately resume through the area once conditions are deemed safe by crews at the site.
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 Inc. of Lynchburg. 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.
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