Traffic Alert: Southbound Interstate 81 lane closure in place for emergency bridge repairs

Southbound I-81 right lane closure at mile marker 138.4 to cause delays

SALEM — The right lane of southbound Interstate 81 in Roanoke County near Salem at mile marker 138.4 is closed for emergency repairs to a bridge. The bridge over Goodwin Avenue, located in the work zone for the I-81 widening project, was struck by a tractor-trailer on Oct. 20 just before 10 p.m.

The contractor on the I-81 widening project is expected to begin repairs on Saturday, Oct. 21, but an exact time for reopening the right lane has not been determined. Drivers on southbound I-81 should expect delays and consider alternate routes.

Alternate Routes

Southbound I-81 traffic can consider taking exit 141 onto Route 419 and use East Main Street in Salem an alternate route. Drivers between Roanoke and Christiansburg can consider using Route 11/460 as an alternate route.

Travelers on southbound I-81, north of Lexington, who are headed to destinations south of Roanoke can consider rerouting to use Interstate 64 west to Interstate 77 south.

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Last updated: July 17, 2024

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