Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Nov. 22, 2013
I-81 LANE CLOSURES AND TRAFFIC PATTERN CHANGE FOR NOVEMBER 25 – DECEMBER 7, 2013
Rockbridge County Truck Climbing Lane Project
STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation is scheduling northbound lane closures and a traffic pattern change for Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County as part of the Truck Climbing Lane project.
The right lane of I-81 northbound will be closed November 25 from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. for pavement marking work between mile markers 199 and 201. This work is taking place on the section of I-81 just before the bridge over Route 710 at exit 200. Upon completion of the pavement marking work, northbound traffic on this portion of I-81 will be switched to the two far right lanes at the Route 710 bridge to allow for additional bridge work.
Right and center lane closures between mile markers 195 and 202.5, northbound are scheduled for December 2-5, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. to complete milling and paving in this area.
Related lane closures continue on Route 710 (Sterrett Road) Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day through December 7. Flagging crews will direct traffic. These closures are for bridge work at I-81 exit 200, but will not affect interstate motorists. 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.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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