VDOT schedules lane closure for I-81 in Warren County

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The Virginia Department of Transportation is scheduled to pour concrete for the widening of Route 840 (Water Plant Road) over I-81 southbound in Warren County on Tuesday, September 19.

The work requires the overnight lane closure of the left lane from 8 pm to 7 am from mile marker 298 to 300, near the I-81 and I 66 junction.

This is a regularly congested area so motorists should use caution when traveling through the work zone.

Drivers using Route 840 should be alert for flagger controlled traffic at the overpass bridge during the time of the scheduled work.

The bridge widening is part of the larger project to extend the on-ramp from I-66 to ease congestion and enhance safety.

The contract was originally awarded to Triton Construction for $7.1 million in May of 2022 with completion scheduled for November of 2024.

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I-81 bridge replacement begins in Warren County

crossover boulevard bridge

The Virginia Department of Transportation will begin bridge replacement on I-81 north and southbound between mile marker 298-300.

The construction will require overnight, single-lane closures in both directions from 8 pm to 7 am Monday through Wednesday nights, July 24-26.

The schedule will allow contractors to position cranes and install concrete beams for the new southbound bridge over Route 840, Water Plant Road.

Monday night will see both directions left lanes closed, Tuesday night, just the southbound left lane will close, and Wednesday night, both directions left lanes will be closed again.

The area is just south of the I-81 junction with I-66 so please travel with additional caution through the work zones and be alert for flagger traffic control.

Funding for the improvements to the I-81 and I-66 exchange are provided by Virginia’s SMART SCALE program which is dedicated to reducing congestion and enhancing safety.

The entire project is expected to be completed by November of 2024.

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