Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
March 16, 2011
LANE CLOSURE DATE CHANGES
INTERSTATE 81 TRUCK CLIMBING LANE CLOSURES FOR WEEK OF MARCH 14-18
STAUNTON – There will be frequent lane closures during the week of March 14 to 18 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 March 17 from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., on I-81 there will be northbound right lane closures from mile markers 195 to 196 and mile markers 200 to 201 in the vicinity of the Route 710 bridge.
Blasting will take place on March 16 and 17 at 12 p.m. The blasting locations will be on I-81 between mile-markers 197 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.
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