Rockingham County: I-81 closures for bridge work begin April 6


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Overnight closures of Interstate 81 northbound and southbound in Rockingham County are scheduled for up to two weeks beginning Monday, April 6. These closures allow contractors to place steel beams over the interstate as part of construction of a new Route 11 (Valley Pike) bridge at the exit 257 (Mauzy/Broadway) interchange.

During the weeks of April 6-10 and April 13-17, the following traffic restrictions are scheduled for Monday through Thursday nights:

  • From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., the northbound and southbound left lanes will be closed from about mile marker 256 to 259 as contractors stage equipment and materials.
  • From 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound and southbound I-81 will be fully closed at exit 257 during placement of overhead bridge beams. The interchange ramps will serve as a short detour route. Virginia State Police will direct traffic at the I-81 interchange and the intersection of Route 11 and Route 259 (Mayland Road).
  • From 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., the northbound and southbound left lanes will be closed from about mile marker 256 to 259 for cleanup and equipment removal.

All work is weather permitting. In the event of high winds or other adverse conditions, beam placement will be postponed to the following night.

The new bridge over I-81 replaces one that was constructed in 1965 and has reached the end of its service life. The new bridge will be about 60 feet south of the existing structure, which allows two-way traffic on Route 11 during construction. Additional work includes realignment of Route 11 and Route 259 at the exit 257 interchange. A new signal will improve traffic flow at the intersection of Route 11 and the northbound I-81 ramps.

On June 19, 2019, the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a $12.6 million construction contract to A&J Development and Excavation Inc. of Mt. Crawford, Virginia. Completion is expected in spring 2021.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at

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.

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

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


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