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March 3, 2013


STAUNTON – The northbound lane closures to allow bridge work at the Interstate 81 truck climbing lane project will be extended until 6 p.m. tonight, Sunday, March 3.

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

All I-81 northbound traffic will be detoured as follows:

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 on the I-81 mainline using one lane.  Signs, traffic devices and flaggers will be used to direct traffic at this location.

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.

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