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March 12, 2015


STAUNTON –The Virginia Department of Transportation will close the northbound right lane of Interstate 81 in the vicinity of mile marker 221. The closure will begin around noon today, March 12, and may last until early afternoon tomorrow, March 13.

This location is near the Interstate 64 interchange with Interstate 81, which is between exit 220 at Route 262 and exit 222 at Route 250 in the Staunton region of Augusta County.

Emergency repairs will be done to a concrete slab that is part of the approach to the I-81 bridge over I-64.  The road subgrade has deteriorated causing the slab to crack and fail.  Crews will be on-site around noon to begin setting up the work zone and then begin repairs.  Because concrete is needed in the repairs, and this substance is weather dependent, it may take into the morning or early afternoon hours of March 13 before the right lane can reopen.

Motorists should be aware of the following:

    • Expect major delays in this area.
    • Traffic can exit I-81 at exit 220 and take the bypass, Route 262, around Staunton and rejoin I-81 at exit 225. This is not an established detour, but an alternate motorists can use.
    • If traffic backs up to exit 217, traffic can exit onto Route 11 north, to the Route 262 westbound ramp and then rejoin I-81 at exit 225.  .

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