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Update: Interstate 81 reopens between Exits 283 and 302

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Update: Wednesday, 12:41 p.m. Both northbound lanes of Interstate 81 have reopened in Shenandoah and Frederick counties, following cleanup from a diesel spill between mile marker 283 and 300. Northbound I-81 traffic had been detoured onto Route 11 during cleanup operations, which began about 7 a.m. Wednesday.


First report: Wednesday, 8:37 a.m. A diesel spill from a tanker truck has temporarily closed northbound Interstate 81 is closed between Exit 283 (Woodstock) in Shenandoah County and Exit 302 (Middletown) in Frederick County.

Cleanup efforts are under way, but there is no estimated time for reopening northbound I-81.

Northbound traffic is detoured at exit 283 and will be directed to follow Route 11 north through Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Northbound traffic rejoins I-81 at exit 302. The northbound on-ramps at exit 291 (Toms Brook), exit 296 (Strasburg) and exit 298 (Strasburg) are closed. Virginia State Police is assisting with traffic control.

For updated traffic alerts and travel information, dial 511 or go to The VDOT Customer Service Center can assist with reporting road hazards, asking transportation questions, or getting information related to Virginia’s roads. Call 800-FOR- ROAD (800-367-7623) or use its mobile friendly website at Agents are available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.

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

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