Traffic Alert - Expect Major Delays through April 4 on Northbound I-81 near West Virginia State Line
Drivers and dispatchers should expect significant traffic delays through the Easter holiday weekend on northbound Interstate 81 in Frederick County due to emergency bridge work in West Virginia. The right lane of I-81 northbound is expected to be closed 24 hours a day through Wednesday, April 4, about three miles north of the Virginia/West Virginia state line.
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, traffic was backed up about four miles into Frederick County, Virginia. VDOT anticipates that there will be significant congestion on Route 11 in the Winchester area, which parallels I-81, for the duration of the bridge work.
Northbound drivers should consider alternate routes including:
Interstate 66 or Route 7 to Route 340 northbound through Warren and Clarke counties;
I-81 exit 310 to Route 37 (Winchester bypass) to Route 522 northbound in Frederick County.
Variable message boards along the northbound I-81 and westbound I-66 corridors are warning drivers of the I-81 lane closure.
Virginia traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at http://www.511Virginia.org.
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