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VDOT says it is done blasting on Interstate 81 in Montgomery County

VDOT began blasting in May of 2011.

August 20, 2012|WDBJ7 Web Staff
  • This boulder fell onto the road during blasting Wednesday on Interstate 81.
Provided/Virginia Department of Transportation

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. — The Virginia Department of Transportation says it is done blasting on Interstate 81 in Montgomery County. The blasting, which had been happening between mile markers 120 and 125 in Montgomery, is part of a truck climbing project.

“We appreciate the patience and cooperation of those who use this section of I-81 each day. Once the project is complete, this section of the interstate will be safer and allow for better traffic flow,” Robbie Williams, the Salem District construction engineer, wrote in a news release.

Blasting began in May of 2011. A total of 268 blasts were detonated, some of which caused major delays on I-81 when debris fell on the roadway.

The original timetable VDOT gave for the blasting to be finished was Memorial Day 2012. VDOT says that timeline had to be pushed back because or a rainy spring.

The entire project is expected to be finished in November of 2013. Once finished the project will add a 12-foot continuous truck climbing lane.

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