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Sept. 30, 2013

Rockbridge County Truck Climbing Lane Project

STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation is scheduling two additional northbound lane closures for Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County as part of the Truck Climbing Lane project.

The right northbound lane will be closed from mile marker 196 to 195.5 on the night of Tuesday, October 1 from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

The right and center lanes will be closed from mile marker 198.5 to 199 on Thursday, October 3 from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Both of these closures are for pavement testing, and will take place in addition to the following closures previously announced.

On the night of Monday, September 30 from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., the left lane of I-81 northbound will be closed for paving work between mile marker 200 and 202.5. On Tuesday, October 1 from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., the right lane will be closed for pavement marking between mile marker 200 and 202.5.

On Wednesday, October 2 through Friday, October 4, alternating lane closures will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. These northbound closures from mile marker 200 to 202.5 will allow crews to finish sealing rumble strips.

With the exception of the daytime rumble-strip work, the final 2.5 miles of the Truck Climbing lane project will be open to all three lanes of traffic beginning Tuesday, October 1 at 7 a.m.

Related lane closures are scheduled on Route 710 (Sterrett Road) from Monday, September 30 to Saturday, October 5 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Flagging crews will direct traffic. These closures are for bridge work at I-81 exit 200, but will not affect interstate motorists. 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.

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

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