I-81 improvements to begin near the Rockbridge, Augusta County line this week

Roanoke Valley News
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STAUNTON, Va. (WFXR) – For travelers who use I-81 in Rockbridge County, expect to see crews back working on a section of the interstate starting this week.

VDOT says that a $4.7 million project to reduce traffic congestion and enhance safety at exit 205 (Raphine Road) will begin, starting on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Overnight ramp closures are scheduled for several nights to allow contractors to place temporary concrete barriers along the ramps between I-81 South and Route 606, weather permitting.

Virginia State Police will have troopers enforcing the ramp closures which are scheduled from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the following locations:

  • Sept. 7-9 (Tuesday through Thursday nights): The off-ramp from I-81 south to Route 606 will be closed. Southbound I-81 motorists who need to access Route 606 can take Exit 213A (Greenville) and follow Route 11 (Lee-Jackson Highway) south for around eight miles to Route 606.
  • Sept. 14-16 (Tuesday through Thursday nights): The on-ramp from Route 606 to I-81 south will be closed. Route 606 motorists who need access to I-81 south can take Route 606 east to Route 11 south and onto Route 710 (Sterrett Road) west to the Exit 200 interchange with I-81 at Fairfield.

Drivers can expect shoulder closures 24/7 on the I-81 ramps as well as flagging operations on Route 606.

Flagger traffic control may be needed from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and during overnight hours between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday nights.

Additional ramp closures along I-81 may become possible during the project.

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