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STA11-069

April 4, 2011



INTERSTATE 81 SOUTHBOUND LANE CLOSURES IN AUGUSTA COUNTY FOR APRIL 4-14
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 April 4.  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 April 4 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 April 5 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.

On April 5, 6 and 7 from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. motorists may experience single southbound lane closures of I-81 between exit 217 and exit 214.  Crews will be performing survey work.

I-81 southbound between exit 217 and exit 213 will have right lane closures 24-hours a day beginning on April 8 at 9 p.m. and lasting through April 14 at 7 a.m.  This is called a block closure.  There will be five more planned block closures between April 15 and June 9. A single closure block begins on Fridays at 9 p.m. and ends the following Thursday at 7 a.m.  During the block closures I-81 southbound will be reduced to one lane in the work zone.

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.

For a complete closure listing please visit www.VirginiaI-81Pave.org for project information.

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

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.

On Twitter follow @I81VA for 511 alerts for the I-81 corridor in Virginia.

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