Overnight ramp and lane closures at I-66 / I-81 junction near Warren-Frederick county line Nov. 7-9

They allow VDOT to reset concrete barriers for the second phase of a bridge widening project

Interstate 81 Southbound Bridge Near Exit 300
Bridge work on Interstate 81 southbound near Exit 300.

STAUNTON — The ramp from Interstate 66 westbound to I-81 southbound is scheduled to close during overnight hours Tuesday, November 7, through Thursday, November 9. The left lane of I-81 southbound will also be closed in the area of exit 300 (I-66 junction) near the Warren-Frederick county line. The ramp and lane closures are from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night. They allow the Virginia Department of Transportation to reset concrete barriers for the second phase of a bridge widening project.

During the overnight ramp closures, I-66 motorists will detour onto I-81 northbound and then take exit 302 (Middletown), where they can access the on-ramp to I-81 southbound. Law enforcement will assist with the ramp closure and traffic detour.

VDOT contractors are widening the I-81 southbound bridge over Route 840 (Water Plant Road) as part of improvements to I-81 exit 300, which also includes an extended on-ramp from I-66. The project, funded by Virginia’s SMART SCALE program, is designed to reduce congestion and enhance safety.

I-81 motorists should be alert for northbound and southbound shoulder closures throughout the project. The work zone speed limit on southbound I-81 is 55 miles per hour. Drivers on or adjacent to the westbound I-66 ramp to southbound I-81 are encouraged to drive with caution at the merge area and through the project limits.

In May 2022 the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a $7,140,300 contract to Triton Construction Inc. of Virginia, located in St. Albans, W.Va.  The project is scheduled for completion in November 2024. All work is weather permitting.

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

Obtain traffic alerts and traveler information by dialing 511 or visiting 511Virginia.org. For other assistance, call the VDOT Customer Service Center, available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR- ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads.

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Last updated: July 19, 2024

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