Emergency roadwork along I-81S through the early evening

Published: Dec. 9, 2022 at 3:34 PM EST
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(WDBJ) - Drivers should expect significant delays along I-81S due to emergency roadwork in the area of mile marker 137, according to VDOT.

The time has been extended through 5:30 p.m. due to an equipment failure.

“Drivers between Roanoke and Christiansburg are encouraged to seek alternate routes such as Route 11/460 or take I-81 exits 140 & 141 towards exit 137 to return to the interstate. Check message boards and 511virginia.org for updates.”

Construction crews are working to repair a large pothole along the roadway. The crews started on the repairs at 11 a.m. Friday morning.

A spokesperson with VDOT explained the department wanted to get ahead of the repairs.

”We wanted to go ahead and get this repaired, we didn’t want it to get worse,” Jen Ward said. “Because we have increases in the travel right now with the holidays and with everybody shopping, we wanted to go ahead and get in there and take care of it before it got worse.”

Crews are expected to start back up on the repairs on Monday.