Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
April 13, 2015
REPAIR OPERATIONS CONTINUE AT SINKHOLE ON I-81 NORTHBOUND IN SHENANDOAH COUNTY
STAUNTON – (1:55 p.m.) All northbound lanes on Interstate 81 are still closed to allow crews to repair a sinkhole located at mile marker 284 in Shenandoah County. A detour is set up taking traffic off of I-81 at exit 277 near Bowmans Crossing, traveling onto Route 614 eastbound to Route 11 northbound to Route 651 westbound and back on I-81 at exit 291 in the Toms Brook area.
The contractor has completed the excavation and filling of the sinkhole. Pavement has been applied to the road surfaced but time is needed for the asphalt to cool to an appropriate temperature that can support traffic. It is anticipated that both northbound lanes will be reopened this afternoon.
Motorists should expect significant traffic delays in this area. Backups up to 11 miles have been reported in the area at various times.
All work is weather permitting.
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