Update: Northbound I-81 in Augusta County reopens after multi-vehicle crash

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Update: Thursday, 1 p.m. Both northbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Augusta County have reopened, following cleanup from a multi-vehicle crash at mile marker 228. The detour at exit 227 (Verona) has been lifted.

Motorists using northbound I-81 should continue to expect delays as traffic backups gradually diminish. Route 11 (Lee Highway) is experiencing related congestion between Staunton and Weyers Cave.


First report: Thursday, 10:29 a.m. A multi-vehicle crash involving tractor trailers and passenger vehicles is blocking northbound Interstate 81 near mile marker 228 in Augusta County.

The crash was reported about 9:20 a.m. on Thursday. Emergency responders are working to clear the scene, but there is no estimated time for reopening travel lanes. Motorists are advised to avoid this area, which is just north of exit 227 (Verona).

The Virginia Department of Transportation is setting up a detour for northbound I-81 traffic. Motorists will take exit 227, then follow Route 612 (Laurel Hill Road) west and Route 11 (Lee Highway) north for about seven miles to rejoin I-81 northbound at exit 235 (Weyers Cave).

For updated traffic alerts and travel information, dial 511 or go to www.511Virginia.org. 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 my.vdot.virginia.gov. Agents are available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.

The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton. Follow VDOT on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube. RSS feeds are also available for statewide information. The VDOT Web page is located at www.VirginiaDOT.org.

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

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