The Virginia Department of Transportation will put nighttime lane closures in place on Interstate 81 North in Rockbridge County starting April 7.

The work is part of a truck climbing lane project. The right and center lanes will be closed starting Monday, April 7, through the morning of April 12 from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night.

The work zone is between mile markers 195.6 to 202.5. That’s just north of Lexington.

Here is the news release from VDOT:

The Virginia Department of Transportation has scheduled northbound lane closures in Rockbridge County between mile markers 195 and 201 of the Interstate 81 truck climbing lane project.

Nightly right and center lane closures are scheduled Monday April 7 through the morning of April 12, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night. These closures are for paving work. All work is weather permitting.

The I-81 truck climbing lane project valued at $74.2 million was awarded by Commonwealth Transportation Board on Feb. 5, 2009 to W. C. English Inc. of Lynchburg. The work zone is along the northbound lanes from mile marker 195.6 to 202.5, which is just north of Lexington. The project includes adding a third lane, allowing the two far right lanes for trucks with all three lanes open to non-tractor trailer vehicles. Also included in the project is bridge reconstruction at Route 716, Route 712 and Route 710, plus left and right shoulder work, guardrail work and drainage work.

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