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Road Closures: Sept. 29-Oct. 6, 2021

Road Closures: Sept. 29-Oct. 6, 2021

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ROUTES 11 AND 19: This week, be alert to nightly lane closures between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights at the intersection of Routes 11 and 19 in Abingdon. On Wednesday and Thursday nights, southbound Route 19 traffic (toward Abingdon) will be detoured onto Russell Road to access Route 11. The project will improve traffic flow by adding a second right turn lane from Route 19 onto southbound Route 11 as well as traffic signal changes to accommodate the second right turn lane. Be alert to the possibility of delays. (Completion: Spring 2022)

INTERSTATE 81 – EXIT 17: The Exit 17 project includes improvements to the Exit 17 northbound on- and off-ramps, improvements to a segment of Route 75, reconstruction and relocation of Gravel Lake Road, lengthening the I-81 southbound on-ramp and relocation of the frontage road located adjacent to the northbound Exit 17 off-ramp. The speed limit is 60 mph through the work zone. (Completion: Fall 2022)

INTERSTATE 81 – EXIT 19: As part of the project to improve I-81, Exit 19, the southbound on-ramp for Route 11 north (toward Damascus) will be permanently closed at 7 a.m. Sept. 28. Following the closure, southbound I-81 will only be accessible by turning left at the new light past Empire Drive near Domino’s Pizza. The Exit 19 project includes realigning a portion of Empire Drive, widening a curve along the southbound off-ramp and adding traffic signals at the intersection of newly aligned Empire Drive and Route 11 and where Route 11 intersects with the end of the Exit 19 southbound ramps. (Completion: Summer 2022)

INTERSTATE 81 - DECELERATION LANE, EXIT 19: Be alert to narrow shoulders at Exit 19 northbound in the Abingdon area to improve the deceleration lane on I-81. (Completion: Spring 2022)

WATER STREET BRIDGE CLOSURE: Due to recent bridge inspection findings, the Virginia Department of Transportation has closed the Route 1203 (Water Street) bridge in Damascus. The bridge is located across from the Damascus Public Library and crosses Beaver Dam Creek.

INTERSTATE 81 - BRIDGE REPAIRS, EXIT 29: Be alert to nighttime bridge repairs southbound near Exit 29 in Washington County.

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