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Sinkhole repairs to close section of I-81 in Augusta on Sunday


i81-headerThe Virginia Department of Transportation will briefly close the right lane of Interstate 81 southbound on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 to repair a small sinkhole.

Crews recently discovered the two-foot-wide sinkhole in a ditch next to the right shoulder at mile marker 206.6 about one mile north of the Raphine/Steeles Tavern exit. The sinkhole is being monitored, and traffic barrels mark a shoulder closure at the site.

The right lane of I-81 will close at 7 a.m. Sunday when repair work begins. Contractors will excavate and fill the hole, and plan to finish mid-afternoon. The VDOT Traffic Operations Center will use variable message signs to warn drivers of the lane closure. All work is weather permitting.

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 Facebook,FlickrTwitter and YouTubeRSS feeds are also available for statewide information. The VDOT Web page is located at



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