Jen Ward 540-387-5238
July 21, 2017
TRAFFIC ALERT: INTERSTATE 81 EXTENDED LANE AND RAMP CLOSURES BEGIN TONIGHT IN ROANOKE AND BOTETOURT COUNTY
Drivers should expect delays and plan travel accordingly
SALEM, VA – Weather permitting, extended lane and ramp closures have been scheduled on I-81 over the next two weeks in Roanoke and Botetourt County for paving and bridge deck repairs.
Beginning tonight, July 21, bridge deck repairs over Route 1836 (Belle Haven Road) on I-81 at mile marker 145 will require an extended 16 hour lane closure during the following times:
- I-81 northbound left lane closure Friday, July 21 from 6 p.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, July 22.
- I-81 southbound right lane closure Saturday, July 22 from 6 p.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday morning, July 23.
- I-81 southbound right lane closure Saturday, July 29 from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday morning, July 22
- I-81 northbound right lane closure Friday, August 4 from 7 p.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, July 22.
Beginning Sunday, July 23, through Thursday, July 27, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning, the northbound right lane of I-81 from mile marker 150-151 will be closed. The Exit 150 northbound on-ramp will be closed from midnight to 5a.m. July 24 through July 27.
In addition, beginning Monday, July 24, through Thursday, July 27, from 6 p.m. each night to 10 a.m. each morning, a 16-hour extended lane closure is scheduled for the bridge deck overlay over the James River at mile marker 164 to 166. During the extended lane closures, all I-81 northbound lanes will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and traffic will be directed to follow the motorcycle detour routes already in place on I-81 northbound beginning at exit 162. All motorcycles must exit I-81 northbound at Exit 162 and follow the motorcycle detour on Route 11 northbound to re-enter I-81 northbound at Exit 167.
Drivers should expect and are encouraged to use alternate routes when possible to alleviate congestion on I-81. These projects are expected to be completed in fall 2017.
For the latest information on this closure, visit www.511Virginia.org or follow us on Twitter at @VaDOTSalem.
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