Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Dec. 10, 2013
I-81 NORTHBOUND CLOSURE RESCHEDULED FOR DEC. 16
Rockbridge County Truck Climbing Lane Project
STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation has rescheduled the December 12 northbound closure in Rockbridge County on portions of the Interstate 81 truck climbing lane project.
The closure and detour scheduled for December 12 has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Work has been rescheduled for the backup date of December 16.
On Monday, December 16, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., all northbound traffic will be detoured off I-81 at exit 195 (Timber Ridge area) and onto Route 11 north. Detoured traffic will follow signs to Route 710 (Sterrett Road), and back onto I-81 at exit 200. This closure will be used to complete bridge work in this area.
Related lane closures will continue on Route 710 (Sterrett Road) Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, weather permitting. Flagging crews will direct traffic. These closures are for bridge work at I-81 exit 200, but will not affect interstate motorists.
All work is weather permitting.
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. The work zone is along the northbound lanes from mile marker 195.6 to 202.5, which is just north of Lexington. The project includes adding a third lane, allowing the two far right lanes for trucks with all three lanes open to non-tractor trailer vehicles. Also included in the project is bridge reconstruction at Route 716, Route 712 and Route 710, plus left and right shoulder work, guardrail work and drainage work.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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