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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Ken.Slack@vdot.virginia.gov
540-414-5670 (cell)
STA10-179

Oct. 25, 2010



UPDATE TO I-81 TRUCK CLIMBING LANE CLOSURES FOR OCTOBER 25-29

STAUNTON – There will be frequent lane closures during the week of October 25-29 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. 26 and Oct. 28 at 1:30 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.  

Lane closures will be on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.  On Oct. 26 closure is on the southbound lanes from mile-markers 198.8 to 198.6, closing the right lane first then the left lane.  On Oct. 27 the closure is in the northbound lanes from mile-markers 198.8 to 198.6, closing the left lane first then the right lane.

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.  

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 511Virginia.org.

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