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April 29, 2013


STAUNTON – There is a sinkhole along the right shoulder of northbound Interstate 81 at mile marker 197 in Rockbridge County.  This location is within the I-81 truck climbing lane project in the Lexington area.  Northbound traffic is using the left travel lane at this location.  The right northbound lane is closed.

The hole is located on the right shoulder and touching the right lane.  Within the sinkhole area are underground pipes and drains, which have been damaged.  The sinkhole will have to be excavated and filled and paved, but the drainage structures will have to be repaired before the sinkhole work can be completed.  Crews will be paving around the sinkhole site tonight so two travel lanes can open next to the sinkhole area while the drainage structure work takes place.

A detour for passenger vehicles is being set up and will be used later today and tonight.  Trucks will stay on I-81 using the single northbound lane.  Passenger vehicles will detour off of I-81 at exit 195 and rejoin the interstate at exit 200 at Route 710 in the Fairfield area or at exit 213 at Route 11 in the Greenville area of Augusta County.

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