Heidi Underwood 540-387-5493
March 5, 2008
VDOT BEGINS BRIDGE WORK AT TWO LOCATIONS ALONG THE INTERSTATE 81 CORRIDOR
The Virginia Department of Transportation has begun work to replace the riding surface on bridges at two locations along the Interstate 81 corridor. This work is part of routine maintenance and will extend the life of the bridges. Work is just beginning at these two locations, and traffic will be impacted later as the projects progress.
The first set of bridges is
In the weeks ahead, drivers can expect to encounter a long-term work zone with a concrete barrier wall and two narrowed travel lanes in each direction. The speed limit in the work zone will be reduced to 55 mph. Vehicles wider than 22 feet will be prohibited in the northbound lanes. Vehicles wider than 11 feet will be prohibited in the southbound lanes. A wide load detour has been established for southbound I-81 at Exit 132 (Dixie Caverns) to southbound Route 11/460 and then back to I-81 at Exit 128 (Ironto). Bridge work at this location is expected to be completed by June 30.
The second bridge is located in
In the weeks ahead, concrete
barrier wall will be installed to reduce traffic on the
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