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Aug. 28, 2013

First Five Miles to Fully Open in September

STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation has revised the expected completion date for the Interstate 81 northbound Truck Climbing Lane project in Rockbridge County. Design-build contractor W.C. English Inc. of Lynchburg plans to finish work by the end of this year.

Crews are in the final stages of drainage work on the southern portion of the project. The first five miles, running from about mile marker 195 to 200, is scheduled to open to all three lanes of traffic in September. This project should benefit all types of motorists by reducing congestion and helping separate vehicles traveling at different rates of speed.

This week English began work to replace the decking from part of the bridge over Route 710 at the Fairfield interchange. The work is taking place on lanes not open to traffic. Completion of the new decking will allow the rest of the project to fully open to cars and trucks. All work is weather permitting.

The I-81 truck climbing lane project valued at $74.2 million was awarded by Commonwealth Transportation Board to English on Feb. 5, 2009. 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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