VDOT News - Staunton


IMMEDIATE - 7:15 a.m.

Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
540-292-2500 (cell)

Ken Slack 540-332-9264
540-414-5670 (cell)


Nov. 12, 2020


STAUNTON – (7:15 a.m.) Both northbound lanes of Interstate 81 are closed in Rockingham County due to bridge damage from a vehicle strike near mile marker 249. The damage was reported about 4:30 a.m. at the Route 720 (Smithland Road/Old Furnace Road) bridge over I-81. Route 720 is also closed in the area of the bridge over the interstate.

Northbound I-81 traffic is being detoured at exit 247B (Route 33 West/Harrisonburg). Detoured drivers will follow Route 33 (Market Street) west, Mason Street north, and then Route 11 (North Main Street/Lee Highway) north to return to I-81. Motorists should expect major traffic delays in the Harrisonburg area.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is inspecting the bridge and will make any needed repairs. There is no estimate for reopening northbound I-81.

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The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.


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Page last modified: Nov. 12, 2020