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Nov. 4, 2013

Power Lines Must Be Removed Before Interstate Reopens

STAUNTON (UPDATE 6:20 p.m.) – Interstate 81 northbound and southbound at Harrisonburg could remain closed for at least three more hours, as a result of a tractor trailer crash that downed power lines. Drivers are being detoured off the interstate, causing major congestion on Route 11 and other roads in the Harrisonburg area.


The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Staunton Traffic Operations Center reported at 3:04 p.m. that a southbound tractor trailer ran off the right side of the interstate near exit 243 and struck a utility pole. Active power lines fell across both sides of I-81, prompting a complete closure of the interstate. The VDOT Safety Service Patrol is on scene along with Virginia State Police, fire and rescue crews and power company representatives.


Southbound traffic is being detoured at exit 245 (Port Republic Road), where drivers are directed to Route 11 south and Route 257 east to rejoin the interstate. Northbound traffic is detoured at exit 240 (Mount Crawford/Bridgewater) and is following Route 257 west to Route 11 north, then Port Republic Road east to rejoin the interstate.


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


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