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Frederick County – Interstate 81 Southbound Pavement Rehabilitation

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Contract awarded on September 30, 2013

Est Completion Date
July 15, 2015

Contract value is $3,745,126.50

Lengths and Limits
3.94 miles long. Southbound - From: Mile Marker 317.25 To: Mile Marker 313.31

W-L Construction & Paving, Inc. of Chilhowie, VA



Robert Good, P.E.

Project Details

This project is one of three pavement rehabilitation projects on Interstate 81 in the VDOT Staunton District.


Interstate 81 was constructed in the 1960s and 1970s.  Due to pavement life-cycle aging and use portions of the I-81 subsurface need to be strengthened through a rehabilitation process.  A milling process will remove several inches of surface pavement.  The subsurface will be replaced with new intermediate asphalt and a new road surface pavement will be applied. 


For rehabilitation projects, in many cases the right lane has more deterioration since more trucks travel in the right lane than the left lane. This project will have deep pavement rehabilitation of 2 inches in the right lane, left lane, all crossovers and all acceleration /deceleration lanes and ramps. 


The shoulders and safety features such as guardrail, rumble strips and pavement markings will also be replaced. Safety edging will be used for the paved shoulders, which provides a 30-degree slope at the edge of pavement onto the unpaved portion of the shoulder.  A safety edge can help prevent crashes where a driver drops off the pavement and then overcorrects, often heading back into traffic.


The I-81 rehabilitation project in Frederick County is in the southbound lanes and extends from mile marker 317.25 to mile marker 313.31.  This is between exit 317 at Route11/Route 37 in the Winchester area and exit 313 at Route 17/50/522 in the Winchester area.


This project was awarded by the Commissioner of Highways on September 30, 2013.


This project has a completion date of July 15, 2015.  VDOT will announce work zone restrictions once the contractor schedule is finalized. 


The three I-81 paving rehabilitation project are located in the following areas:

  • Site 1 - Augusta County in the southbound lanes from mile marker 219.04 to mile marker 217.68
  • Site 2 - Shenandoah County in the northbound lanes from mile marker 264.98 to mile marker 275.90.
  • Site 3 - Frederick County in the southbound lanes from mile marker 317.25 to mile marker 313.31

What’s Next

This project has a contract completion date of July 15, 2015. VDOT will announce work zone restrictions once the contractor schedule is finalized.  

Benefits of Project

This project will help extend the life of the roadway bed on I-81 by strengthening the pavement, and reducing the need for more frequent resurfacing projects.  This in turn will reduce the need for future lane closures due to paving.

During Construction

Single lane night-time closures will occur during construction.  Actual construction will take several months. VDOT will announce work zone restrictions once the contractor schedule is finalized.  

Traffic Alerts

Mile marker 317 to 313 (Winchester area), southbound – Alternating overnight lane closures for milling and paving. Monday to Thursday, 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day.  Estimated completion July 10.

Current traffic alerts can be found on the VDOT website under Travel Center, Travel advisories and lane closures. Click on the area of the state you are interested in, and view current travel advisories and lane closures. Click here to go to the Staunton District Travel Center page:  Staunton District


Real-time traffic information is available on the VDOT website and also by calling 511 on your landline or wireless phone.  Click here to go to 511:  Virginia 511 Web


The VDOT Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton.

Project Numbers

State  0081-034-917, N501
Federal  IM-0813(180)
UPC  104562

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