Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Oct. 7, 2010
I-81 TRUCK CLIMBING LANE CLOSURES FOR OCTOBER 11-14
STAUNTON – There will be frequent lane closures during the week of October 11-14 at the Interstate 81 truck climbing lane project in Rockbridge County. All work is weather permitting. Motorists should anticipate possible delays in this area.
Blasting will occur on Oct. 12 and Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. The blasting locations will be on I-81 between mile-markers 197 to 199. Signs are posted in this area. Both northbound and southbound lanes will have a rolling mobile lane closure.
Nighttime right northbound lane closures will take place Oct. 11 to Oct. 14, Oct. 18 to Oct. 21 and Oct. 25 to Oct. 28. The closure will be from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. each evening. The right lane will be closed between mile-marker 195.5 and mile-marker 196.5.
The blasting is part of the I-81 truck climbing lane project in Rockbridge County. The work zone is along the northbound lanes from mile marker 195.6 to 202.5, which is just north of Lexington. Blasting days will change weekly depending on project progress. Both northbound and southbound lanes will have a rolling mobile lane closure. Traffic will be slowed down so the blast area is clear of traffic during the actual blast period. Traffic will immediately resume through the area once conditions are deemed safe by crews at the site. Blasting operations are estimated to continue through November.
The I-81 truck climbing lane project valued at $74.2 million was awarded by Commonwealth Transportation Board on Feb. 5, 2009 to W. C. English Inc. of Lynchburg. Completion is scheduled for fall 2012. The work zone is along the northbound lanes from mile marker 195.6 to 202.5, which is just north of Lexington.
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