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Aug. 14, 2012


STAUNTON – Progress continues on the Interstate 81 truck climbing lane project in Rockbridge County.  Crews will be shifting barrier on August 14-16, moving traffic temporarily to the right shoulder and right lane.

Significant project work has been done on the grading, bridge construction and roadway construction. 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 the fall until temperatures drop.  In the spring when warmer weather returns the work will continue with completion scheduled for summer 2013.

On Aug. 14 from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. all I-81 northbound traffic will be detoured onto Route 11 at exit 195.  Traffic will proceed on Route 11 through Fairfield and turn left on to Route 710 to I-81, reentering I-81 at exit 200.  Crews will be preparing a traffic shift through the project.

On Aug. 15 and 16 nighttime single lane closures will be from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night. The left northbound lane will be closed from mile marker 195 to mile marker 202.  Crews will be moving barrier.

All work is weather permitting.

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

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