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Oct. 14, 2011


STAUNTON – There will be lane closures on October 17 and 18 at the Interstate 81 truck climbing lane project in Rockbridge County.  All work is weather permitting.  Motorists should anticipate possible delays in this area.

There will be a single northbound lane closure on Monday, Oct. 17 from 8 p.m. until 7 a.m. The right lane will be closed between mile marker 196.5 and mile marker 197.5.  Crews will be removing traffic barriers in this location.  This closure was previously scheduled for Oct. 13 but was rescheduled due to weather.

On Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 6 p.m. until 7 a.m. all northbound lanes will be closed between exit 195 and exit 200 as well as the exit 195 northbound entry ramp to I-81.  Traffic will be detoured on to Route 11.  The detour will take traffic off at exit 195 at Route 11 in the Timber Ridge area, just north of Lexington. Motorists will travel north on Route 11 through Fairfield and take a left onto Route 710 and rejoin I-81 at exit 200.  The lane closures will allow crews to shift traffic onto the two most right lanes which include the newly constructed truck climbing lane in preparation for additional work from mile markers 195 to 197and for additional work on the Route 716 bridge.

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.  

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

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