Under Construction: Rockingham County – Route 11 Bridge over I-81, Exit 257 at Mauzy
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Traffic alerts ►
Wednesday and Thursday nights (October 21 & 22, 2020), I-81 southbound will be closed nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for removal of the old Route 11 bridge piers in the I-81 median. Southbound I-81 drivers will use exit 257 ramps as a detour. Virginia State Police will direct traffic from I-81, Route 11 and Route 259 at the top of the ramps.
The left and right shoulders of I-81 northbound and southbound are closed 24/7 through the Exit 257 project. Concrete barriers protect the work zone from interstate traffic.
As of September 17, 2020, travelers are using the new Route 11 (Valley Pike) bridge over I-81. This area remains an active work zone as contractors continue roadway and intersection improvements.
Updated traffic alerts will be found here and 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 511Virginia.org 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.
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Design Public Hearing
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 4-6 p.m.
VDOT Harrisonburg Residency Office
3536 North Valley Pike
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
This project is located on Route 11 (Lee Highway) in Rockingham County. The bridge over Interstate 81 at exit 257 will be replaced with a new structure. The current bridge was built in 1965 and is nearing the end of its service life.
The new bridge will be constructed approximately 60 feet to the south of the existing bridge. The project includes realigning the bridge approaches. The new structure will have two lanes with left-turn lanes at about the same elevation as the existing crossing.
Additionally, the intersection of the northbound I-81 exit and entrance ramps with Route 11 will be signalized to improve the traffic operations of the interchange.
Two lanes of traffic will be maintained on Route 11 during construction. All on and off ramps will be maintained as well. During bridge construction I-81 closures will be necessary to set beams over the interstate. These closures will be conducted at night to minimize the impact to traffic.
In 2011 Route 11 had an average daily traffic count of 3,600 vehicles per day. By the design year of 2039 the estimated average daily traffic volume is 9,170 vehicles per day.
This project improves safety on Route 11 by replacing a deteriorating bridge structure with a new bridge that is able to support modern traffic both in volume and vehicle weights.