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March 3, 2013



TRACTOR TRAILER CRASH IS CAUSING I-81 NORTHBOUND DELAYS IN AUGUSTA COUNTY

STAUNTON –  (12 noon) A tractor-trailer crash that occurred around 9 a.m. today is causing delays on Interstate 81 northbound in Augusta County.  Traffic is down to one lane at mile marker 216.  Back-ups are three to four miles long.  

This location is between exit 213 at Route 11 in the Greenville area and exit 217 at Route 654 in the Mint Spring area.

Crews are in the process of removing the truck and contents, and estimate it will be early to mid-afternoon before both lanes are reopened.  Significant delays are possible in this location.

Also work continues on I-81 northbound at the truck climbing lane project from mile marker 195 to 200 in Rockbridge County. The northbound lane closures to allow bridge work at the I-81 truck climbing lane project will extend 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 VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

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