Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Dec. 9, 2013
REVISED - I-81 NORTHBOUND LANE CLOSURES FOR DEC 9-16, 2013
Rockbridge County Truck Climbing Lane Project
STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation has revised the northbound lane closures for December 9-14 in Rockbridge County on portions of the Interstate 81 truck climbing lane project.
Right and center lane closures scheduled for 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Dec. 9 to 12 have been cancelled.
Still scheduled is the detour of traffic off a portion of the truck climbing lane project. On Thursday, December 12, 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.
A back-up date for the December 12 closure/detour between mile markers 195 and 200 has been scheduled for December 16, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Related lane closures will continue on Route 710 (Sterrett Road) Monday, December 9 through Saturday, December 14 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. 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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