Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Cellular: (540) 292-2500
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Cellular: (540) 414-5670

May 1, 2009


STAUNTON – 6:35 p.m. - Interstate 81 is closed in both southbound lanes in Shenandoah County at mile marker 284 due to a tractor trailer accident and medical helicopter assistance. This is located between exit 291 at Route 651 in the Toms Brook area and exit 283 at Route 42 in the Woodstock area.

Motorists should expect significant delays in this area with backups reaching six miles. A detour is set up. Drivers should exit I-81 at exit 291 and take Route 11 to Route 42 and rejoin I-81 at exit 283 at Route 42 in the Woodstock area.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-866-MY511VA (866-695-1182) (TTY/TDD users, call 711). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at

Highway safety is everyone’s responsibility. Virginia’s highway safety partnership — the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and Virginia State Police — challenges you to help prevent highway fatalities. Buckle up. Avoid distractions. Share the road. Drive drug- and alcohol-free. Obey speed limits. For more information on the Highway Safety Challenge and things you can do to avoid becoming Virginia’s next traffic fatality, visit


Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

Page last modified: Oct. 17, 2012