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Dec. 17, 2012


STAUNTON – There will be several northbound right-lane single-lane closures in Rockbridge County on Interstate 81 in the truck climbing lane project area. These closures are for moving barriers.

All single-lane closures will be northbound between mile markers 195 and 200 from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. The closure dates are the nights of Dec. 19 and 20.

The available lane width will be 14 feet in the closure area.

All work is weather permitting.

The I-81 truck climbing lane project valued at $74.2 million was awarded by Commonwealth Transportation Board on Feb. 5, 2009 to W. C. English Inc. of Lynchburg. The work zone is along the northbound lanes from mile marker 195.6 to 202.5, which is just north of Lexington. The project includes adding a third lane, allowing the two far right lanes for trucks with all three lanes open to non-tractor trailer vehicles. Also included in the project is bridge reconstruction at Route 716, Route 712 and Route 710, plus left and right shoulder work, guardrail work and drainage work.

Substantial paving remains to be done, plus additional bridge, drainage and guardrail work. The paving and portions of the bridge work are temperature sensitive and can only be accomplished in warmer weather.  The weather-sensitive work will continue into fall 2012 until temperatures drop.  In spring 2013 when warmer weather returns the work will continue with completion scheduled for summer 2013.

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

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