Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Oct. 3, 2014
I-64 IN LEXINGTON AREA WILL HAVE NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN FOR TWO YEARS BEGINNING OCTOBER 6
STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation is advising motorists of major traffic pattern changes on Interstate 64 in Rockbridge County beginning Monday, October 6, 2014. This is part of the rehabilitation of the eastbound and westbound Maury River bridges near Lexington. The work zone is between mile marker 53.3 and 55.3, which is between exit 50 at Route 60 and Route 623 and exit 55 at Route 11. All work is weather permitting.
October 6, 2014 to mid-day October 8, 2014
Traffic on the westbound and eastbound bridges will have alternating single lane closures beginning at 6 a.m. on October 6. These lane closures will remain in place 24-hours a day.
This is for installation of traffic barriers, guardrail and pavement markings. Work zone activity will be adjacent to the travel lanes. All drivers are advised to drive with extreme caution through the work zone. The speed limit is 55 miles per hour.
October 8, 2014 through Fall 2016
On October 8 upon completion of the barrier installation and related work, the eastbound bridge will be closed and all eastbound and westbound traffic will use the westbound bridge using a single lane in each direction. The closure of the eastbound bridge will be done with a slow-roll lane closure operation in the eastbound lanes with the assistance of the Virginia State Police.
- Eastbound traffic will taper into a single lane and access the westbound lanes using the median crossover on the west side of the bridge. After crossing the bridge eastbound drivers will proceed to the median crossover on the east side of the bridge to return to the I-64 eastbound mainline.
- Westbound traffic will be limited to a single lane from mile marker 55.3 to 53.3.
This traffic pattern will remain in effect for about a year, and then all traffic will be switched to the eastbound bridge while the westbound bridge begins rehabilitation in fall 2015. That traffic pattern will also last approximately one year.
Two-way traffic on the bridge will be separated by a steel barrier, and the speed limit will be 55 miles per hour in the work zone area.
Construction is taking place in three phases. The first phase was grading and paving of the median crossovers and installation of signs. Phase two is the rehabilitation of the eastbound bridge, and phase three is rehabilitation of the westbound bridge. The estimated completion date is fall 2016.
Project details, including photos and maps of the work zone, are located on the VDOT website at
In January 2014 the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a $12.9 million contract to Orders Construction Company Inc. of St. Albans, W.Va., for rehabilitation of the I-64 bridges over the Maury River and Kerrs Creek. In September 2013 this project earned an $11.9 million federal grant under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. The grant program aims to protect critical infrastructure while connecting communities and fostering economic growth.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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