SALEM – As part of the ongoing New River Bridge project at exit 105 on I-81, demolition of the remaining side of the bridge on Route 232 over I-81 will begin on June 18, weather permitting.
From June 18 through June 21, and June 24 through June 28, lane closures in both the north and southbound lanes from mile marker 104 to 106 will be in place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning.
In addition, slow rolls on I-81 at mile marker 101 northbound and mile marker 108 southbound will be used to remove the beams by crane. Traffic may be stopped for up to 15 minutes per slow roll between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next morning. Drivers should plan accordingly and expect delays in the area.
As part of the construction, the northbound on-ramp at exit 105 is currently closed for six months and a detour remains in place for access to I-81. The northbound off-ramp will continue to use the newly built overpass bridge on Route 232 while this detour is in place.
The project is expected to be complete in December 2020.