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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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Ken Slack 540-332-9264
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STA15-102

April 12, 2015



SINKHOLE CAUSING DELAYS ON I-81 NORTHBOUND IN SHENANDOAH COUNTY

STAUNTON – (8:45 p.m.) A sinkhole is causing traffic delays on Interstate 81 northbound at mile marker 284 in Shenandoah County.  The left travel lane is closed 

This location is between exit 283 at Route 42 in Woodstock and exit 291 at Route 651 in the Toms Brook area.

A contractor will arrive at the site tonight and will begin excavating the hole.  Once the excavation begins, the size of the hole and stability of the surrounding ground will be evaluated.  The sinkhole will be back-filled.  Once the sinkhole is repaired the road will be repaved at the repair site and then opened to traffic.  

No estimated time of work or completion have been established yet.

Motorists should expect significant traffic delays in this area.  Backups up to 11 miles have been reported in the area at various times this afternoon.

All work is weather permitting. 

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Updates from the Virginia 511 system can be found on Twitter at @I81VA.

Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org. For other assistance call the VDOT Customer Service Center, available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR- ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads.

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