Jen Ward 540-387-5238
July 6, 2017
TRAFFIC ALERT: EXTENDED LANE AND RAMP CLOSURES BEGIN THIS WEEKEND ON INTERSTATE 81 IN BOTETOURT AND ROANOKE COUNTY
Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes to lessen congestion on I-81
SALEM, VA – Weather permitting, extended lane and ramp closures have been scheduled on I-81 over the next week in Roanoke and Botetourt County for paving and bridge deck repairs.
Beginning Saturday, July 8, bridge deck repairs over Route 619 (Wildwood Road) on I-81 at mile marker 137 to 140 will require an extended 16-hour lane closure during the following times:
- Saturday, July 8, I-81 southbound right lane closed from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. the following morning.
- Friday, July 14, I-81 northbound left lane closed from 7 p.m. to 11a.m. the following morning.
Beginning tonight, Friday, July 7, a ramp closure and a right lane closure will be in place on I-81 as milling and paving operations are performed from mile marker 149 to 152 in Botetourt County. The extended weekend lane closures are scheduled as follows:
- Friday, July 7, right lane closure from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 a.m. the following morning.
- Saturday, July 8, right lane closure from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. the following morning.
- The on-ramp to I-81 north from Route 220 will be closed from 8 p.m. to 12 midnight during the extended lane closures. Drivers at the exit 150 interchange requiring access to northbound I-81 will need to use Route 11 to return to I-81 north at the exit 156 on ramp. A detour for access to Route 11 is currently in place at this interchange and signs are posted to guide motorists.
Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes when possible to alleviate congestion on I-81. These projects are expected to be completed in fall 2017.
For the latest information on this closure, visit www.511Virginia.org or follow us on Twitter at @VaDOTSalem.
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