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Aug. 30, 2022

Motorists Should Consider Alternate Routes and Expect Major Delays

STAUNTON – (10:30 a.m.) Northbound Interstate 81 is expected to remain closed in Augusta County for several more hours, possibly affecting the Tuesday evening commute. The closure is due to an early morning tractor trailer crash and resulting hazardous materials cleanup near mile marker 211. The truck’s cargo included a flammable powder that must be removed before northbound I-81 can reopen.

Motorists are being detoured from northbound I-81 at exit 200 (Fairfield) in Rockbridge County. Drivers will follow Route 710 (Sterrett Road) east and then Route 11 north into Augusta County for about 13 miles, and rejoin I-81 northbound at exit 213.

Northbound I-81 motorists may also consider this alternate route: Exit 150B in Botetourt County to Route 220 Alternate, then Route 460 east, Route 29 north and I-64 west to return to I-81.

The Virginia Department of Transportation warns of major delays in southern Augusta County and northern Rockbridge County on northbound I-81 and Route 11. Avoid the area if possible.

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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: Aug. 30, 2022