Jamie Smith 540-387-5250
April 11, 2014
TRAFFIC ALERT: WORK REQUIRING A DETOUR ON NORTHBOUND I-81 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY FINISHED AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
Northbound I-81 is open to all traffic
SALEM – The work requiring a detour on northbound Interstate 81 in Montgomery County was completed early and the detour ended at approximately 6:30 a.m. this morning, April 11. All traffic may travel on northbound I-81. Workers will remain in the area for a few hours removing the temporary signs related to the detour.
A pavement rehabilitation project on northbound I-81 between mile markers 121 and 125 required the 24-hour detour which was originally scheduled to end at 6 a.m. Monday, April 14. The contractor will resume the remaining work using nightly lane closures Sunday through Thursday beginning at 10 p.m. each night until 6 a.m. the following morning until October 2014.
This $6.7-million maintenance project required the contractor to excavate deep patches before replacing layers of stone and asphalt. Additionally, this project includes drainage structures and guardrail installations.
The Virginia Department of Transportation selected a traffic plan involving a detour to shorten the overall amount of time traffic would be impacted. The other option considered would have required long-term permanent lane closures on northbound I-81 causing lengthy backups.
The project completion date is spring 2015; however, the contractor estimates that most work will be completed by fall 2014.
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