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April 14, 2014


STAUNTON – All northbound lanes of Interstate 81 will be closed on Saturday, April 26 from mile marker 195 to 200 at the truck climbing lane project in Rockbridge County.


On April 26 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., all northbound traffic will be detoured off I-81 at exit 195 (Timber Ridge area) and onto Route 11 north. Detoured traffic will follow signs to Route 710 (Sterrett Road), and back onto I-81 at exit 200. This closure will be used for bridge work.


In addition, overnight right and center lane closures are scheduled between mile markers 195 and 201 on Tuesday, April 15 through the morning of Saturday, April 19. These nightly closures run from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., and will be used to complete milling and paving in this area. Due to forecasted weather conditions, the lane closures that had been scheduled for the night of Monday, April 14 are cancelled.


All work is weather permitting.


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.


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