The scene this morning o I-81 SB as seen from a VDOT camera. Tuesday – March 9, 2022
Update from VDOT 4:15 PM
I-81 SOUTHBOUND REOPENS IN ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY
STAUNTON – (4:15 p.m.) Both Interstate 81 southbound lanes have reopened in Rockbridge County following cleanup from a multi-vehicle crash near mile marker 198. The incident involved several tractor trailers and other vehicles shortly after 6 a.m. today (Wednesday, March 9). Southbound I-81 reopened about 4 p.m.
(Earlier posts below)
As of 11:30 AM the SB lanes are still closed due to cleanup. Traffic backups are about 8 miles. Traffic is being alternately routed to Exit 200, Route 710, US 11 SB and back onto I-81 at exit 195.
From VDOT 7AM
Both southbound lanes of Interstate 81 are closed in Rockbridge County due to a crash involving multiple tractor trailers and other vehicles. The crash was reported shortly after 6 this morning (Wednesday, March 9) near mile marker 198. This location is between exit 200 at Fairfield and exit 195 at Lexington.
The Virginia Department of Transportation advises motorists to avoid this area. Southbound I-81 traffic can divert onto Route 11 (Lee Highway) at either exit 200 at Fairfield or exit 205 at Raphine. Motorists can re-enter southbound I-81 at exit 195.
For updated traffic alerts and travel information, dial 511 or go to http://www.511Virginia.org. The VDOT Customer Service Center can assist with reporting road hazards, asking transportation questions, or getting information related to Virginia’s roads. Call 800-FOR- ROAD (800-367-7623) or use its mobile friendly website at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/. Agents are available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.
The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton. Follow VDOT on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube. RSS feeds are also available for statewide information. The VDOT Web page is located at http://www.VirginiaDOT.org.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.