Lane reopened after overnight bridge repair on I-81

Published: Nov. 4, 2022 at 4:08 PM EDT
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SALEM, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE: Bridge repair has been completed and all lanes are back open at mile marker 138.4 near Salem, according to VDOT.

ORIGINAL STORY: The right lane of southbound Interstate 81 at mile marker 138.4 near Salem will be closed overnight for what VDOT calls “emergency bridge repairs.”

The closure begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, and is expected to last until Saturday morning.

Crashes Friday afternoon on southbound 81 near mile markers 138.5 and 141.1 started delays early in the same area.

The bridge is over Route 635 (Goodwin Avenue) in Roanoke County and is within the work zone for the I-81 widening project between exits 137 and 141, according to VDOT.

A VDOT contractor discovered damage to the structure Friday afternoon.

To get updates on his lane closure, click 511Virginia.org.