Jen Ward 540-387-5238
Nov. 8, 2018
CLOSURE OF EXIT 143 AT I-81 AND I-581 DUE TO CRASH TO IMPACT MORNING COMMUTE
Drivers will need to seek alternate routes and allow for extra travel time this morning
SALEM – A crash involving a tractor-trailer has closed exit 143 on I-81 this morning. Access to I-81 from I-581 and access to I-581 from I-81 has been impacted and drivers will need to seek alternate routes during the morning commute.
I-81 southbound to exit 143 with access to I-581 southbound is closed. Travelers on southbound I-81 requiring access to I-581 will need to use Route 11 to Peters Creek Road or use Route 460 at exit 150 to return to I-581 or to access the downtown Roanoke area.
I-581 northbound to I-81 southbound is closed. Travelers on I-581 from Roanoke heading to Salem using I-81 will need to use Peters Creek Road or other side roads for access back to I-81 at exit 141.
In addition, drivers traveling on I-81 northbound and from I-581 to access northbound I-81 should expect delays and heavy congestion. The right lane of I-81 northbound at exit 143 is also closed.
Drivers should expect delays in this area through at least 8 a.m. and further delays are possible through the morning.
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