Improvements begin July 10 at Interstate 81 Exit 235 in Augusta County

Augusta County

Weyers Cave, Route 256, Route 11, turn lane
Route 256 and Route 11 interchange improvements

STAUNTON – A project to enhance safety and ease traffic congestion is scheduled to start Monday, July 10, around the Interstate 81 exit 235 (Weyers Cave/Grottoes) interchange in Augusta County. The improvements will help drivers entering the interstate on-ramps from Route 256 (Weyers Cave Road) and Route 11 (Lee Highway).

Contractors will construct a 450-foot right-turn lane on Route 256 westbound leading to the entrance of the I-81 northbound on-ramp. They will also build a 350-foot right-turn lane that begins on northbound Route 11 and continues on eastbound Route 256, leading to the I-81 southbound on-ramp.

During most phases of the project, construction will require only shoulder closures. However, motorists should be alert for occasional flagger traffic control during nighttime and overnight hours (8 p.m. to 7 a.m.), and heavy equipment moving in and out of the work zone.

In May 2023 the Virginia Department of Transportation awarded a $1,144,958.40 construction contract to General Excavation Inc. of Warrenton, Va.  The project has a contract completion date of May 29, 2024. All work is weather permitting.

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

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Last updated: July 19, 2024

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