Overturned tractor trailer leads to lane closures on I-81

Motorist are asked to avoid the area due to no estimated time for lane reopening.
Motorist are asked to avoid the area due to no estimated time for lane reopening.(VDOT)
Published: Nov. 19, 2022 at 10:10 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - A overturned tractor trailer has blocked all north and southbound lanes of Interstate 81 at mile marker 221 near Staunton.

Around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 Virginia Department of Transportation was notified of a trailer hauling liquid cargo overturning at the overpass bridge for exit 221.

The roads and ramp from westbound I-64 to southbound I-81 have been closed for cleaning.

Due to freezing temperatures, roads will be salted before reopening to traffic.

VDOT is investigating damage to the I-64 / I-81 overpass bridge.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area due to no estimated time for lane reopening.

Route 262 (Woodrow Wilson Parkway) is a bypass around Staunton and will be serving as a detour route.

For updated traffic alerts and travel information, dial 511 or click here.