Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Dec. 13, 2013
I-81 NORTHBOUND LANE CLOSURES FOR DECEMBER 16-20, 2013
Rockbridge County Truck Climbing Lane Project
STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation has scheduled several northbound lane closures for December 16 to 20 in Rockbridge County on portions of the Interstate 81 Truck Climbing Lane project.
On Monday, December 16, northbound I-81 right and center lane closures are scheduled from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. between mile markers 198 and 201.5. These closures will be used for milling and paving work in this area of the project.
On Tuesday, December 17, a full road closure is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 7 a.m. This closure will detour all northbound traffic off I-81 at exit 195 (Timber Ridge area) and onto Route 11 north. Detoured traffic will follow signs to Route 710 (Sterrett Road), and back onto I-81 at exit 200. This closure will be used for bridge work in this area.
On Wednesday, December 18 and Thursday, December 19, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., northbound I-81 left lane closures between mile markers 198 and 201.5 are scheduled. These closures will be used for barrier removal in this area of the project.
On Friday, December 20, 8 p.m. to 9 a.m., a “slow roll” operation northbound I-81 left lane closure is scheduled between mile markers 198 and 201.5. This closure will be used for pavement marking work in this area.
Related lane closures will continue on Route 710 (Sterrett Road) Monday through Saturday 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.
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