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Road Notices

Posted on: May 16, 2013


SALEM – As part of the ongoing work to construct a truck climbing lane on southbound I-81 between mile markers 125 and 120 on southbound I-81, a detour is planned tonight.
The previously announced detour time has been rescheduled, and the detour will now be in place starting at 8:30 p.m. The detour is expected to be removed at 6 a.m. on Thursday morning.
Southbound I-81 traffic will be detour off I-81 at exit 132 (Dixie Caverns) onto Route 11/460 and back onto I-81 at exit 118 (Christiansburg).
Tonight, a new traffic pattern will be put in place on southbound I-81 to take effect on Thursday morning. Traffic on southbound I-81 will be routed onto a new section of roadway between mile marker 125 and 123.5. Drivers should also be aware that the shoulder will be narrowed along newly paved section of roadway and barrier wall will be installed. Drivers are advised to expect a change in traffic pattern and use caution.
Dates and times are tentative and could be adjusted due to weather or work schedule. Signs and message boards will be in place to alert drivers to these traffic detours and lane closures.
Work on the truck climbing lane project is expected to be completed in November 2013.
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