RELEASE:

CONTACT:
IMMEDIATE

Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Sandy.Myers@vdot.virginia.gov
540-292-2500 (cell)
STA13-027

Feb. 8, 2013



I-81 NORTHBOUND LANE CLOSURES FOR FEBRUARY 14-17 IN ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY

STAUNTON – In mid-February, all Interstate 81 northbound lanes will be closed from mile marker 195 to 200 in Rockbridge County in the truck climbing lane project area. A detour will be used for traffic in this area.

Crews will be performing bridge deck work on the I-81 bridge over Route 710.

On Feb. 14 beginning at 8 p.m. until Feb. 15 at 8 a.m. all I-81 northbound traffic will be detoured as follows:
All northbound traffic will exit I-81 at exit 195 near Lexington and Timber Ridge and travel north on Route 11 to Route 710 and then to the I-81 ramps at exit 200.  Traffic will re-enter I-81 at exit 200 near Fairfield.  Motorists will also have the option of bypassing Route 710 continuing north on Route 11 and re-entering I-81 at exit 213 at Greenville.  Signs will be posted notifying the public of this option.

On Feb. 15 at 8 a.m. until Feb. 16 at 12 a.m. traffic will use the I-81 northbound lanes to exit 200.  At exit 200 trucks will detour around the I-81 bridge over Route 710 by using the exit ramps at this interchange, crossing Route 710 and then re-entering I-81 using the on-ramps at this interchange.  Passenger cars and other smaller vehicles will be allowed to stay in the right lane on the I-81 mainline and use the bridge, shifting to the left lane at the end of the bridge.  Signs, traffic devices and flaggers will be used to direct traffic at this location.

On Feb. 16 at 12 a.m. until Feb 17 at 10 a.m. all I-81 northbound traffic will be detoured as follows:
All northbound traffic will exit I-81 at exit 195 near Lexington and Timber Ridge and travel north on Route 11 to Route 710 and then to the I-81 ramps at exit 200.  Traffic will re-enter I-81 at exit 200 near Fairfield.  Motorists will also have the option of bypassing Route 710 continuing north on Route 11 and re-entering I-81 at exit 213 at Greenville.  Signs will be posted notifying the public of this option.

All work is weather permitting. Tow trucks will be on stand-by in the area to assist with any incidents.

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.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511.  Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.  For other assistance call the VDOT Customer Service Center, available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.  Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads.

VDOT can be followed on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and You Tube.  RSS feeds are also available for statewide information.  The VDOT webpage is located at www.VirginiaDOT.org.

(END)



Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

Page last modified: Feb. 8, 2013