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March 15, 2011

I-81 In-Place Pavement Recycling Project Brings Benefits and Detours

STAUNTON – Beginning March 25 motorists will encounter a paving work zone on Interstate 81 southbound between mile marker 217.66 and mile marker 214. This location is south of Staunton near exit 217 at Route 654 in the Mint Spring area and exit 213 at Route 11 in the Greenville area.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Staunton District Administrator Randy Kiser, said, “The I-81 In-Place Pavement Recycling Project uses a unique process that can potentially change the way major pavement rehabilitation is done in Virginia. It uses specialized machinery that recycles material extracted from existing road and reuses it on-site in the roadway rehabilitation and repaving process. This process can reduce a two-year work zone into two months and save millions of dollars.”

Kiser notes that the right lane will receive more in-depth work under the road surface due to decades of truck traffic. The left lane will also be rehabilitated but to a lesser depth.

Dean Gustafson, Regional Operations Director for Staunton and Culpeper Districts in VDOT, adds, “We want everyone to have realistic expectations when traveling through this work zone area.  If you are coming this way, you should expect delays.  Peak travel times are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. so, if possible, motorists may wish to reschedule their travel to avoid these times or this area.  We have developed an extensive traffic management plan that involves signs, new cameras, flaggers, Virginia State Police and various trucks to monitor and manage traffic and incidents.”

Detours in the work zone area will also have unique features for left lane traffic and right lane traffic. When the work zone has lane closures, tractor trailer trucks will stay on I-81 traveling in the left lane through the single lane work zone. Passenger vehicles will turn right off of I-81 onto the primary detour. Traffic will leave I-81 southbound at exit 217 onto Route 654 (White Hill Road) westbound to Route 11 (Lee Jackson Highway). Motorists will turn left onto Route 11 southbound and re-enter I-81 at exit 213.

In the event of significant backups in the work zone area a secondary detour will be used. The secondary detour takes traf¬fic off of I-81 southbound at exit 221 and puts it onto I-64 eastbound. Motorists will exit I-64 at exit 94 onto Route 340 (Stuarts Draft Highway) near Ladd, which is just west of Waynesboro. Motorists will head south on Route 340 to Route 11 (Lee Jackson Highway), turning left onto Route 11 southbound and travel down to the Fairfi¬eld area turning right onto Route 710 (Sterrett Road) and re-entering I-81 southbound at exit 200.

The dates of the I-81 lane closures are as follows, but it should be noted if the contractor finishes the work early some of the later weeks may not be needed for closure::

March 25, 9 p.m. to March 31, 7 a.m.
April 1, 9 p.m. to April 7, 7 a.m.
April 8, 9 p.m. to April 14, 7 a.m.
April 15, 9 p.m. to April 21, 7 a.m.
April 29, 9 p.m. to May 5, 7 a.m.
May 6, 9 p.m. to May 12, 7 a.m.
May 20, 9 p.m. to May 26, 7 a.m.
June 3, 9 p.m. to June 9, 7 a.m.

All work is weather permitting.

Also of note for residents and travelers on Route 800 (Folly Mills Station Road/Springfield Lane), which is just off of Route 654 and Route 11.  Only the Route 11 intersections will be open during the I-81 lane closure times listed above.  All other connections to this road will be closed.

Project information, maps and updates are available on the Web at  

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 . 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.

The I-81 In-Place Pavement Recycling project was awarded to Lanford Brothers Co. Inc. of Roanoke by the Commonwealth Transportation Board on December 8, 2010. The contract is valued at $7,641,953.24.

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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