Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
May 27, 2011
INTERSTATE 81 SOUTHBOUND LANE CLOSURES IN AUGUSTA COUNTY FOR MAY 27-JUNE 3
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 shoulder closures and some single lane traffic from May 27-June 3. There will be no 24-hour closures during the week of May 27-June 3. 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.
Line installation work will close the right lane on Tuesday, May 31 and Wednesday, June 1 from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night.
Friday, June 3 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., I-81 southbound between exit 217 and exit 213 will have single-lane traffic. The right lane will be closed.
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 I-81 lane closure period.
On Friday night, installation of reflective markers, pavement markings and barrels for the work zone will require vehicles to leave I-81 southbound at exit 217, cross Route 654 (White Hill Road) and re-enter I-81 at the mile marker 217 on-ramp. This will close Route 654 at the intersection of the I-81 exit 217 ramps. The closure is scheduled to begin on June 3 at 11 p.m. and end June 4 at 3 a.m. Suggested alternate routes to gain access to Route 654: Eastbound traffic use Route 11 southbound to Route 340 northbound. Westbound traffic use Route 340 southbound to Route 11 northbound.
There will be one more planned block closures between June 3 and June 9. A single closure block is scheduled to begin 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.
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.
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