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Traffic alert: Interchange of I-81, I-66 in Warren County will fully open to traffic Friday morning

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A $7.1 million project to reduce congestion and enhance safety is expected to fully open to traffic early Friday morning at Interstate 81 exit 300, the interchange with Interstate 66 in Warren County.

The two-year construction project has scheduled its final lane closures for tonight and Thursday night (July 10 and 11, 2024).

The I-81 exit 300 project extends the acceleration lane from westbound I-66 to southbound I-81 and replaces the southbound I-81 bridge over Route 840 (Water Plant Road). The junction of the two interstates is a frequently congested area that will benefit from an extended area for vehicles to merge.

Right-lane closures are scheduled for southbound I-81 from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday nights from mile marker 301 to 299. The lane closures allow contractors for the Virginia Department of Transportation to paint final lane markings and remove concrete barriers.

All work is weather permitting.

The project has a contract completion date of November 2024, but only shoulder closures are expected during the final phases of construction. The work-zone speed limit on southbound I-81 remains at 55 miles an hour until all work is complete.

In May 2022, the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a $7,140,300 contract to Triton Construction Inc. of Virginia, located in St. Albans, W.Va. Improvements to I-81 exit 300 are funded by Virginia’s SMART SCALE program.

A project to widen nearly four miles of southbound I-81 in Warren and Shenandoah counties is expected to begin construction in late 2024. The widening project extends from the southern end of the I-81 exit 300 project and continues past exit 296 (Route 55/Strasburg). The project is funded by the I-81 Corridor Improvement Program.

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca J. Barnabi is the national editor of Augusta Free Press. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, she began her journalism career at The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. In 2013, she was awarded first place for feature writing in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Awards Program, and was honored by the Virginia School Boards Association’s 2019 Media Honor Roll Program for her coverage of Waynesboro Schools. Her background in newspapers includes writing about features, local government, education and the arts.