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May 26, 2009



I-64 LANE CLOSURE POSTPONED AT STOCKTON CREEK
Work postponed due to rain, will be rescheduled for Wednesday if weather permits

CULPEPER – Wet weather rained out the planned placement of barriers on the Stockton Creek bridge on Interstate 64 east near Crozet on Tuesday morning. The work has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 27, weather permitting.

To rehabilitate the deck of the Stockton Creek bridge, a contractor for the Virginia Department of Transportation will close the left lane of I-64 eastbound at the bridge near milepost 108. Concrete barriers, set up in preparation for milling and repairing the bridge deck, will restrict traffic to one lane throughout the work zone. When work on the left lane is completed the barrier will be shifted and the right lane will be closed so similar repairs can be performed.

On Wednesday morning the right lane will be closed for a brief period to place lane markings. Once work in the right lane is complete, several complete closures of I-64 eastbound will be necessary to place the permanent barriers. The complete closures, scheduled for the late morning or early afternoon, will be coordinated with the Virginia State Police. State troopers will perform a “slow roll” to keep eastbound traffic out of the work zone. During the complete closures on Wednesday the eastbound entry ramp at exit 107 will also be closed.

During the bridge rehabilitation project, strategically placed message boards will notify motorists of the work zone and suggest alternate routes. While the barrier is in place vehicles will be restricted to a maximum 13-foot width through the work zone. VDOT’s Traffic Operations Center in Staunton will monitor cameras placed along I-64 to keep a close check on road and traffic conditions and report them to the public through the 511 phone system and Web site.

The concrete bridge deck will be milled to remove the worn travel surface, and then areas where the concrete has deteriorated will be identified and replaced. Once the patching is completed the bridge will be resurfaced with a latex-concrete travel surface that will increase the lifespan of the bridge. The latex makes the concrete less susceptible to damage and deterioration from moisture, salt and other chemicals.

Motorists can assist in minimizing travel delays by obeying all signs and using extra caution as they approach the work zone.  For real-time information about traffic and weather conditions, dial 511 from any phone in Virginia or visit
www.VirginiaDOT.org.

 

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