VDOT News - Staunton
Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
June 23, 2017
SINKHOLE REPAIRS COMPLETE ON I-81 SOUTHBOUND IN AUGUSTA COUNTY
STAUNTON – (2:35 p.m.) All sinkhole work is complete on Interstate 81 southbound in Augusta County. This morning the right lane of southbound Interstate 81 in Augusta County was closed due to a sinkhole near mile marker 212.6. This location is between exit 213 at Route 11 in the Greenville area of Augusta County and exit 205 at Route 606 in the Raphine area of Rockbridge County.
Contractors began repairs this morning.
Interstate maintenance crews discovered the sinkhole next to the right shoulder of southbound I-81 Thursday afternoon. Overnight rains widened the hole to the area underneath the paved shoulder of the interstate.
Repairs involve hole excavation, which determines the size of the hole and stability of the surrounding ground. The sinkhole is then back-filled and any needed repairs to the roadway are made before lanes reopen to traffic.
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