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Interstate 81 lane closures in Rockbridge County June 16-19

i81-headerThe Virginia Department of Transportation has scheduled lane closures on northbound Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County as follows:

  • Daytime work on June 16 and 17 will be completed using alternating right and left lane closures between mile marker 195 and 202, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
  • Nighttime work on June 16, 17, 18 and 19 will close the right and center lanes between mile marker 199 and 200.5, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night.

These closures are for rumble strip installation and related work on the truck climbing lane project.   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.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at For other assistance call the VDOT Customer Service Center, available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR- ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads.

The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton. VDOT can be followed on FacebookFlickrTwitter andYouTubeRSS feeds are also available for statewide information. The VDOT Web page is located

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