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Augusta County – Interstate 81 South Paving

I-81 In-Place Pavement Recycling Project

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
CTB awarded contract December 8, 2010

Est Completion Date
November 2011

Cost
The contract value is $7,641,953.24.

Lengths and Limits
3.6-miles long; Southbound - From mile marker 217.6 to mile marker 214.

Contractor
Lanford Brothers Co. Inc. of Roanoke

Locality
Augusta

District
Staunton

Contact

Special Announcements

Map with dates, times and detours:  Click here for map or scroll to the right margin on this web page and click on the map there. The map has a front and back so be sure to print off both pages.  

All 24-hour closures on I-81 are complete.  There will be nighttime single lane closures throughout the summer of 2011 between exit 217 and exit 213 southbound.

Current Traffic Alerts

Be alert for nighttime single lane closures.  There will be no further daytime lane closures for this project.

Lane Closure Schedule

For the 24-hour I-81 single lane closure southbound, trucks remain on I-81 and passenger vehicles take the detour.

24-hour closures: Single lane southbound closures will begin on Fridays at 9 p.m. and end on Thursdays at 7 a.m. from March 25 to June 9 between mile marker 217.66 and mile marker 213.  

24-hour closure dates and times:

March 25, 9 p.m. to March 31, 7 a.m.: Update 24-hour closures are canceled March 25-31
April 1, 9 p.m. to April 7, 7 a.m.:  Update 24-hour closures are canceled April 1-7
April 8, 9 p.m. to April 14, 7 a.m.:  Update 24-hour closures are canceled April 8-14.
April 15, 9 p.m. to April 21, 7 a.m.:  Update 24-hour closures are canceled for April 15 and 16 only.  24-hour closures will take place April 17 at 9 p.m. to April 20 at 6 a.m.
April 29, 9 p.m. to May 5, 7 a.m.:  Update - all closures are scheduled to take place.
May 6, 9 p.m. to May 12, 7 a.m.:  Update - all closures are scheduled to take place.
May 20, 9 p.m. to May 26, 7 a.m.:  Update - all closures are scheduled to take place.
June 3, 9 p.m. to June 9, 7 a.m.:  Update - all closures are scheduled to take place.

Motorists may wish to avoid traveling through this work zone during peak traffic volumes which occur between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

During construction I-81 southbound will be reduced to one lane in this work zone. This location is south of Staunton on I-81 southbound near exit 217 at Route 654 (White Hill Road) in the Mint Spring area and exit 213 at Route 11 (Lee Jackson Highway) in the Greenville area.

There will be a detour route set up. Tractor trailer trucks will stay on I-81 traveling through the work zone. Using the primary detour, passenger vehicles will be asked to leave I-81 southbound at exit 217 onto Route 654 (White Hill Road) westbound to Route 11 (Lee Jackson Highway). Motorists will turn left onto Route 11 southbound and re-enter I-81 at exit 213.

In the event of significant backups in the work zone area a secondary detour will be used.  For the secondary detour traffi¬c leaves I-81 southbound at exit 221 onto I-64 eastbound.
Motorists will exit I-64 at exit 94 onto Route 340 (Stuarts Draft Highway) near Ladd, which is just west of Waynesboro. Motorists will head south on Route 340 to Route 11 (Lee Jackson Highway), turning left onto Route 11 southbound and travel down to the Fairfield area turning right onto Route 710 (Sterrett Road) and re-entering I-81 southbound at exit 200.

All work is weather permitting.  Weeks featuring Virginia Tech graduation, Easter and Memorial weekend will not have lane closures. It should be noted if the contractor finishes the work early some of the later weeks may not be needed for closure.

Trip Planning Resources

This web page contains a downloadable two-page map showing the lane closure dates, detour routes, peak travel times and estimated travel times through the work zone.  Click here for map or scroll to the right margin on this web page and click on the map there. Reminder - the map has a front and back so be sure to print off both pages.  

Real-time traffic information is available on the Virginia 511 service. Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-866-MY511VA (866-695-1182) (TTY/TDD users, call 711). Traffic alerts, cameras and traveler information also are available at www.511Virginia.org or click here to go to the 511Virginia website.  Email alerts for specific roads and times can also be obtained by signing up on the 511 website using the My 511 Control Room tab.  You can easily set your email alerts for this area of I-81, Route 11 and Route 340.

On Twitter follow @I81VA for 511 alerts for the I-81 corridor in Virginia.  For regional alerts including detour routes follow @511northwestva.  You can also follow VDOT news stories and other information on Twitter at @VaDOT.

Citizens can also email stauntoninfo@vdot.virginia.gov or call the VDOT customer service center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) for information.

During Construction

During construction I-81 southbound will be reduced to one lane in this work zone. This location is south of Staunton on I-81 southbound near exit 217 at Route 654 (White Hill Road) in the Mint Spring area and exit 213 at Route 11 (Lee Jackson Highway) in the Greenville area.

Please scroll up to see the Lane Closure Schedule portion of this web page.

Click here to see Work Zone – What to Expect fact sheet. You can also view this fact sheet by scrolling to the right margin and clicking on the Work Zone fact sheet (has photos of three trucks on left side of fact sheet)

Click here to see Traffic Plan fact sheet. You can also view this fact sheet by scrolling to the right margin and clicking on the Traffic Plan fact sheet (has photo of traffic camera on bottom right side of fact sheet).

Project Details

The I-81 In-Place Pavement Recycling Project is located in the southbound lanes between mile marker 217.66 and mile marker 214. This location is south of Staunton near exit 217 at Route 654 in the Mint Spring area and exit 213 at Route 11 in the Greenville area.

The work includes pavement rehabilitation, guardrail and rumble strips.

Benefits of Project

This unique project has the potential to revolutionize the way we rehabilitate our aging road system.  The I-81 In-Place Pavement Recycling Project features three specialized machines that will recycle the old pavement materials in-place and reuse them.  It will also be the first time all three machines are used on a single pavement rehabilitation project in the United States.

Recycling the existing road material not only eliminates the need for numerous truck trips to haul stone and paving materials to and from the site, but also allows the causes of the deterioration to be addressed rather than just the symptoms.  In-place pavement recycling is much more cost effective and should greatly increase the pavement service-life.  The process is more environmentally friendly in that fewer loads of material will be trucked to the site and less new material will be required, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  The process has quicker completion times, which reduces the traveling public disruptions.  

Using traditional pavement rehabilitation processes requires widening the southbound lanes to permit two-lane traffic for a two-year long project.  Bridges within the project limits would have to be widened as well. Construction of this nature would cost tens of millions of dollars. The I-81 In-Place Pavement Recycling Project accomplishes this work in eight months under the $7.6 million contract awarded to Lanford Brothers.  

Recycling Process

This section of I-81 is well over 40 years old.  As a consequence of decades of heavy traffic loads the foundation supporting the 20 to 24 inches of aggregate and asphalt is failing.  Fatigue cracks, originating deep within the pavement structure, are prevalent and have worked their way to the surface. Technical reviews of the pavement and supporting layers show complete pavement structure reconstruction is the only repair option. Since most heavy traffic uses the right lane, it has more damage than the left lane.  To correct the problem the top 10 inches of the right lane will be milled, processed on-site, and repaved using traditional paving equipment.  The next 12 inches will be recycled in place while the milled material is being processed.  This unique combination of techniques allows for the pavement to be strengthened to a depth of approximately 22 inches.  The left lane, having less deterioration, will be recycled in-place to a depth of 5 inches.

The milled material from the right lane will be processed using a “cold central-plant recycling” technique.  The top 10 inches of existing road material will be milled and transported to a mobile recycling plant at the work site where a stabilizing agent will be added.  Meanwhile, the underlying 12-inch aggregate layer will be recycled in place using a “full-depth reclamation” process that strengthens the pavement substructure in place by adding a stabilizing agent. This layer will be re-compacted to support processed material from the mobile plant, which will be delivered in dump trucks and repaved using traditional paving equipment.  The right lane will receive a surfacing of 4-inches of hot-mix asphalt.

The left lane will use a “cold in-place recycling” method. In this innovative process, the front of the machine will mill the existing road five-inches deep, reconstitute the material within the machine and then repave it.  This three-step-process will occur in one pass.  The left lane will also be toped with a 4-inch layer of hot-mix asphalt.

For more information please click on the green brochure in the in the right margin of this web page.  Or click here: I-81 Recycling Brochure

Media and Public Events

News Media - Click here for information on how to get updates and project visits

March 15, 2011, 4-7 p.m.
Citizen Information Meeting
I-81 In-Place Pavement Recycling Project
Riverheads High School
19 Howardsville Road
Staunton, VA  24401

Click here for Citizen Information Meeting Brochure

Click here for recycling press release.

Click here for lane closure release

Click here for project contract award release

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