Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Dec. 7, 2012
I-81 TRUCK CLIMBING LANE PROJECT CLOSURES FOR MID-DECEMBER IN ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY
STAUNTON – There will be several lane closures in Rockbridge County on Interstate 81 in the truck climbing lane project area. The closures will take place on I-81 and on Route 710.
On I-81 northbound there will be single-lane closures between mile markers 196 and 199 from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. The closure dates are the nights of Dec. 11, 12 and 13. Crews will be moving barriers.
Route 710 will have lane closures for bridge work associated with the I-81 truck climbing lane project. On Dec. 12, on Route 710 the eastbound lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, at various times throughout the day traffic will be held up to 15 minutes while steel girders are set. Motorists should be alert for flagger traffic control. Message boards informing the public of this work will be set up on Route 11 and Route 710.
On Tuesday, Dec. 18 all I-81 northbound lanes between mile marker 195 and mile marker 200 will be closed from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Traffic will be detoured off of I-81 at exit 195 in the Lexington and Timber Ridge area. Traffic will proceed north on Route 11 through the Fairfield area and then turn left on to Route 710 and re-enter I-81 at exit 200 in the Fairfield 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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