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Shenandoah County – Interstate 81 Northbound Pavement Rehabilitation

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Contract awarded on September 18, 2013

Est Completion Date
October 2015

Contract value is $10,705,582.38

Lengths and Limits
10.92 miles long. Northbound From: Mile Marker 264.98 To: Mile Marker 275.90

W-L Construction & Paving, Inc. of Chilhowie, VA



Wayne Nolde, P.E.

Project Details

This project is one of three pavement rehabilitation projects on Interstate 81 in the VDOT Staunton District.


Interstate 81 was constructed in the 1960s and 1970s.  Due to pavement life-cycle aging and use portions of the I-81 subsurface need to be strengthened through a rehabilitation process.  A milling process will remove several inches of surface and subsurface pavement.  The subsurface will be replaced with new base asphalt material and a new road surface pavement will be applied. 


For rehabilitation projects, in many cases the right lane has more deterioration since more trucks travel in the right lane than the left lane. This project will have deep pavement rehabilitation of 5.5 inches in the right lane and 2 inches in the left lane and all acceleration /deceleration lanes and ramps. The project includes under-drain installation, which will help keep water out of the subgrade soils and increase subgrade strength.


The shoulders and safety features such as guardrail, rumble strips and pavement markings will also be replaced. Safety edging will be used for the paved shoulders, which provides a 30-degree slope at the edge of pavement onto the unpaved portion of the shoulder.  A safety edge can help prevent crashes where a driver drops off the pavement and then overcorrects, often heading back into traffic.


The I-81 rehabilitation project in Shenandoah County is in the northbound lanes and extends from mile marker 264.98 to mile marker 275.90.  This is between exit 264 at Route 211 in the New Market area and just north of exit 273 at Route 703/Route 292 in the Mount Jackson area.


This project was awarded by the Commonwealth Transportation Board on September 18, 2013.


This project has a fixed completion date of October 16, 2015.  VDOT will announce work zone restrictions once the contractor schedule is finalized. 


The three I-81 paving rehabilitation project are located in the following areas:

  • Site 1 - Augusta County in the southbound lanes from mile marker 219.04 to mile marker 217.68
  • Site 2 - Shenandoah County in the northbound lanes from mile marker 264.98 to mile marker 275.90.
  • Site 3 - Frederick County in the southbound lanes from mile marker 317.25 to mile marker 313.31

What’s Next

This project has a completion date of October 16, 2015.  Actual construction will take several months. VDOT will announce work zone restrictions once the contractor schedule is finalized.  

Benefits of Project

This project will help extend the life of the roadway bed on I-81 by strengthening the pavement, and reducing the need for more frequent resurfacing projects.  This in turn will reduce the need for future lane closures due to paving.

During Construction

Single lane night-time closures will occur during construction.  Actual construction should take several months.

Traffic Alerts

Traffic alerts can also be found on the VDOT website under Travel Center, Travel advisories and lane closures. Click on the area of the state you are interested in, and view current travel advisories and lane closures. Click here to go to the Staunton District Travel Center page:  Staunton District


Real-time traffic information is available on the VDOT website and also by calling 511 on your landline or wireless phone.  Click here to go to 511:  Virginia 511 Web


The VDOT Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton.

Project Numbers

State  0081-085-916, N501
Federal  IM-0813(179)
UPC  104563

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