Jason Bond 540-387-5493
May 5, 2011
TRAFFIC ALERT: BLASTING EXPECTED TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK ON INTERSTATE 81 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Blasting to be scheduled periodically through March 2012 as part of truck climbing lane project
SALEM – As part of the ongoing road construction project in Montgomery County to build a truck climbing lane on southbound Interstate 81, blasting to remove rock will begin the week of May 9. The blasting is expected to continue periodically through March 2012.
Blasting days will change weekly depending on project progress. All work is weather dependent. During blasting, both the northbound and southbound lanes of I-81 will have rolling mobile lane closures. Traffic will be slowed down so the blast area is clear of traffic during the actual blast period. The rolling mobile restrictions will be removed as soon as conditions are deemed safe by the blasting crews at the site.
The rolling mobile lane closures will be in place during daytime hours for approximately 15 to 20 minutes when charges are being detonated. Exact locations of the mobile lane closures will vary depending on the blast site.
Beginning the week of May 9, crews expect to blast near mile marker 120. Blasting is scheduled to take place at approximately 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10 and Wednesday, May 11. The mobile closures are expected to begin at mile marker 128 on Interstate 81 southbound and mile marker 114 on Interstate 81 northbound. During blasting, the on-ramps to Interstate 81 will be restricted at exit 118 (Christiansburg) and exit 128 (Ironto).
In addition, traffic on Route 626 (Den Hill Road) will be stopped within one-half mile of the Route 626 bridge over Interstate 81. Motorists should watch for flaggers.
Every effort will be made to minimize traffic disruptions and detonate the charges outside peak traffic times. Signs and message boards will be in place to alert drivers to these traffic delays. Drivers should expect delays.
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