Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
May 5, 2011
ONE LANE OPENS AT I-81 SINKHOLE IN ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY
STAUNTON – The right lane has reopened on northbound Interstate 81 at mile marker 196.9 in Rockbridge County, which is the site of sinkhole repairs. The left lane remains closed. Crews on site anticipate it will be later this evening before all lanes are open. Travelers should still expect significant delays in the area. Backups have extended up to 15 miles.
The left lane was closed late afternoon on Wednesday following the discovery of the sinkhole in the median and left lane. Both lanes were closed after midnight on Thursday. This location is between exit 195 at Route 710 in the Fairfield area and exit 213 at Route 11 in the Greenville area.
The sinkhole location is within the truck climbing lane project, just north of Lexington.
All lane reopening times are subject to change.
The Virginia Department of Transportation’s on-call contractor for these repairs is General Excavation Inc. of Warrenton. VDOT and contractor crews have been working around the clock to fix the sinkhole. Pavement was cut away from the sinkhole area and excavation is complete. The sinkhole is currently being backfilled with stone and earth material to stabilize the hole. Once backfill is complete, the pavement will be applied to the area.
The Virginia Department of Transportation’s on-call contractor for these repairs is General Excavation Inc. of Warrenton.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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