Under Construction: I-81 New River Bridge Replacement
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The new bridge over the New River will be built in the median parallel to the existing structure, so two lanes of traffic can be maintained in each direction on I-81 during construction. Drivers can expect shoulder closures and periodic lane closures on Interstate 81 near exit 105. Speed is reduced to 60 mph in the work zone. Blasting schedules may be in affect at times and ramp closures at exit 105 are possible. Signs and message boards will alert drivers.
- RAMP CLOSURES & DETOUR:
- The northbound on-ramp at exit 105 closed in April 2019. It will be closed for approximately six months. A detour is in place from Route 232 onto Rock Road to Tyler Avenue to exit 109 to get on the interstate. Traffic for the northbound off-ramp will be using the newly built overpass bridge while the detour is in place. There will be an 11 foot width restriction.
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The contract was awarded to Vecellio and Grogan Inc. from Beckley, West Virginia and is expected to be completed in late 2020.
This project will replace two bridges: the northbound Interstate 81 bridge over the New River and the Route 232 bridge over I-81 at exit 105 (Radford).
The northbound I-81 bridge over the New River was built in 1965 and is showing signs of age. The new bridge will have an extended off ramp for exit 105 and wider shoulders.
The new bridge over the New River is being built in the median next to the old structure, so two lanes of northbound I-81 can remain open during construction.
The Route 232 bridge crosses over the interstate and is being replaced to span the longer deceleration lane at exit 105 and wider shoulders on the new bridge over the New River.
The bridge on I-81 was opened to traffic in 1965.
This project will replace the aging northbound bridge over the New River and widen the shoulders and approaches. The northbound decelration lane will be extended providing an additional factor of safety for traffic entering or exiting from I-81 at exit 105.