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Jen Ward 540-387-5238
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Aug. 19, 2017



TRAFFIC ALERT: DETOUR AND EXTENDED LANE CLOSURE ON INTERSTATE 81 BEGINS SUNDAY NIGHT IN BOTETOURT COUNTY
Drivers encouraged to plan ahead or expect delays

SALEM, VA – Weather permitting, bridge repairs over the James River at mile marker 164 to 168 in Botetourt County will require Interstate 81 southbound to have an extended right lane closure and a detour for concrete pours beginning Sunday evening, August 20.

Interstate 81 southbound from mile marker 164 to 168 will have a right lane closure in place from 6 p.m. until the following morning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, August 20, Monday, August 21 and Tuesday, August 22.

During the concrete pour, a detour will be in place each night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning for all I-81 southbound lanes. Southbound lanes will be closed and traffic will be directed to follow the motorcycle detour routes already in place.

The motorcycle detour in place on I-81 southbound begins at exit 167. All traffic must exit I-81 northbound at exit 167 and follow the motorcycle detour on Route 11 northbound to re-enter I-81 southbound at exit 162. 

Drivers should expect and are encouraged to use alternate routes when possible to alleviate congestion on I-81. This project is expected to be completed in fall 2017.



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