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STA11-067

April 1, 2011



INTERSTATE 81 TRUCK CLIMBING LANE CLOSURES FOR WEEK OF APRIL 4-8

STAUNTON – There will be frequent lane closures during the week of April 4-8 at the Interstate 81 truck climbing lane project in Rockbridge County.  All work is weather permitting.  Motorists should anticipate possible delays in this area.

On April 5 from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., on I-81 there will be northbound single lane closures from mile markers 200.4 to 200.9 in the vicinity of the Route 710 bridge. Crews will be applying roadway markings and setting barrier.

Blasting will take place on April 5, 6 and 7 at 12 p.m. The blasting locations will be on I-81 between mile-markers 195 to 202. Signs are posted in this area. Both northbound and southbound lanes will have a rolling mobile lane closure.  

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.

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.

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