VDOT News - Staunton


IMMEDIATE - 9:00 a.m.

Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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Ken Slack 540-332-9264
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Nov. 12, 2020


STAUNTON – (9:00 a.m.) Both northbound lanes of Interstate 81 have reopened in Rockingham County after a vehicle struck an overpass bridge Thursday morning near mile marker 249. The bridge carries Route 720 (Smithland Road/Old Furnace Road) over I-81. Inspectors from the Virginia Department of Transportation have determined that it is safe for traffic to drive underneath the bridge, but Route 720 remains closed pending further inspection.

The northbound I-81 detour has been lifted, but incident responders are in the final stages of clearing a jackknifed tractor trailer near mile marker 243. Motorists should expect congestion through the morning hours on northbound I-81 and local roads in the Harrisonburg area.

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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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