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STA11-057

March 18, 2011



INTERSTATE 81 SOUTHBOUND LANE CLOSURES IN AUGUSTA COUNTY FOR WEEK OF MARCH 20
I-81 In-Place Pavement Recycling Project: www.VirginiaI-81Pave.org

STAUNTON – As part of the Interstate 81 In-Place Pavement Recycling Project, there will be frequent southbound single lane closures during the week of March 20.  The I-81 In-Place Pavement Recycling Project is located in the I-81 southbound lanes, south of Staunton near exit 217 at Route 654 in the Mint Spring area and exit 213 at Route 11 in the Greenville area.  

On March 20 from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. I-81 southbound left lane will be closed for sign installation from exit 220 at Route 262 in Staunton to exit 217 at Route 654 in Mint Spring.

On March 21 to March 23 from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. portions of the left shoulder and left southbound lane of I-81 will be closed between exit 217 and exit 214.  In the case of inclement weather, the alternate rain date is March 24 from 7 p.m. until 9 a.m. Crews will be strengthening the shoulder area to support traffic in preparation for the closure of the right travel lane for extensive milling and paving work.

Also during this week the I-81 southbound right lane is scheduled to close 24 hours-a-day from March 25 at 9 p.m. to March 31 at 7 a.m. between exit 217 and exit 214 for milling and paving work. This is one of eight planned 24 hours-a-day closure periods. Drivers of tractor trailer trucks should use the left lane and drivers of passenger vehicles are requested to use the primary detour: Traffic will leave I-81 southbound at exit 217 onto Route 654 (White Hill Road) westbound to Route 11 (Lee Jackson Highway). Motorists will turn left onto Route 11 southbound and re-enter I-81 at exit 213.

Route 800 (Folly Mills Station Road/Springfield Lane), which is just off of Route 654 and Route 11 will be closed at its connections with Route 654.  Only the Route 11 intersections will be open for Route 800 traffic during the 24 hour-a-day I-81 lane closure period.  

All work is weather permitting.  If crews complete their work early, lanes may reopen sooner than stated.

Please visit www.VirginiaI-81Pave.org for project information.  The  I-81 In-Place Pavement Recycling Project valued at $7.6 million was awarded by Commonwealth Transportation Board on Dec. 8, 2010 to Lanford Brothers Co. of Roanoke Completion is scheduled for November 2011.

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 www.511Virginia.org . Email alerts for specific roads and times can also be obtained by signing up on the 511 website using the My 511 Control Room tab.

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