Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Aug. 23, 2012
I-81 NORTHBOUND LANE CLOSURES FOR AUGUST 28-29 IN ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY
STAUNTON – There will be a left-lane closure in Rockbridge County on Interstate 81 northbound from mile marker 201 to mile marker 202 on August 28 from 7 p.m. until 8 a.m. This is in the truck climbing lane project area. This closure will allow crews to move traffic barriers.
On Aug. 29 there will be a right-lane closure on northbound I-81 from mile marker 197 to mile marker 202 from 7 p.m. until 8 a.m. Crews will be performing drainage and asphalt work in this area.
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.
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