Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
June 3, 2011
ONE LANE OPEN ON I-81 SOUTHBOUND SOUTH OF LEXINGTON FOLLOWING TRACTOR TRAILER FIRE
STAUNTON – One lane has reopened in the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 just south of Lexington. The left southbound lane is open. Around 3:00 p.m. both southbound lanes were due to a tractor trailer fire. Backups in the area are exceeding 11 miles. This location is in Rockbridge County, south of Lexington, between exit 180 in the Natural Bridge and Fancy Hill area and exit 175 at Natural Bridge. Both exits connect to Route 11.
According to officials at the Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District Traffic Operations Center, the tractor trailer was carrying a significant amount of paper.
Motorists should expect significant delays in this area and use alternate routes if possible.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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