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Aug. 17, 2012


STAUNTON – Today, Friday, Aug. 17, barrier installation work on the northern end of the Interstate 81 truck climbing lane project in Rockbridge County is expected to conclude around 1 p.m.  This afternoon at 1:15 p.m. there will be a rolling lane closure near mile markers 195 to 198 to allow crews to fix a sinkhole alongside the roadway.  The rolling lane closure is expected to last approximately a half-hour.

On Aug. 21 there will be a left-lane closure on northbound I-81 from mile marker 197 to mile marker 199 from 8 p.m. until 7 a.m.

There may be an additional left-lane closure on Aug. 22 I-81 northbound from mile marker 200 to mile marker 202 from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. depending on the amount of work accomplished the previous night.

This closure will allow crews to move traffic barriers.

All work is weather permitting.

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. The work zone is along the northbound lanes from mile marker 195.6 to 202.5, which is just north of Lexington. The project includes adding a third lane, allowing the two far right lanes for trucks with all three lanes open to non-tractor trailer vehicles. Also included in the project is bridge reconstruction at Route 716, Route 712 and Route 710, plus left and right shoulder work, guardrail work and drainage work.

Substantial paving remains to be done, plus additional bridge, drainage and guardrail work. The paving and portions of the bridge work are temperature sensitive and can only be accomplished in warmer weather.  The weather-sensitive work will continue into fall 2012 until temperatures drop.  In spring 2013 when warmer weather returns the work will continue with completion scheduled for summer 2013.

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

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