UPDATE: One lane of I-81 north reopens in Rockbridge County after vehicle fire, significant backlogs continue

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I-81 north is closed at mile marker 195 due to a vehicle fire. This backup is shown via a traffic cam at mile marker 192. (Image courtesy of VDOT).

UPDATE 11:15 p.m.: Backups are starting to reduce behind an earlier vehicle fire on I-81 north in Rockbridge County.

Backups are now being reported to be approximately 3.5 miles from the incident around mile marker 195 on the northbound side of I-81.

Drivers can still expect delays in this area as cleanup continues.


UPDATE 10:50 p.m.: VDOT continues to report significant backups on I-81 north in Rockbridge County due to an earlier vehicle fire.

The right lane and right shoulder are still closed near mile marker 195 on the northbound side.

Backups are still being reported to be approximately five miles.


UPDATE 9:50 p.m.: Significant traffic backups continue behind a vehicle fire that crews continue to clean up.

According to VDOT, backups are approximately 6.5 miles behind the incident at mile marker 195.

Drivers can still expect significant backlogs as cleanup efforts continue.


UPDATE 9:20 p.m.: After one lane of travel reopens on I-81 north in Rockbridge County, significant backlogs remain.

This is all due to a vehicle fire that previously shut down all northbound lanes at mile marker 195, north of Lexington.

The northbound right lane and right shoulder are still closed.

The previously-instituted detour has been eliminated, but backups of approximately six miles behind the incident still remain.


UPDATE 8:50 p.m.: One lane of I-81 north has reopened in Rockbridge County.

According to VDOT, the northbound right lane and right shoulder are still closed as cleanup continues from an earlier vehicle fire.

Backups are still reported to be approximately five miles but the detour has been eliminated.

Drivers can still expect significant delays if traveling in this area.


ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – A vehicle fire is causing significant issues for traffic on I-81, north of the I-64 split in Rockbridge County.

VDOT says the incident is at miler marker 194 where all northbound lanes of I-81 are closed.

Traffic is being detoured off I-81 at onto I-64 west at exit 191. Traffic will then move off I-64 at mile marker 55 and will travel north on Route 11 and return to I-81 north at exit 195.

Drivers should use caution and expect significant delays as backups are reported to be approximately five miles.

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