Traffic headaches on Interstate 81 southbound will continue for possibly the next 10 days as VDOT crews work to repair an unstable slope.
A detour will be in place at mile marker 132, shutting down traffic until mile marker 118 in Christiansburg.
The problems occurred after an existing crack in the unstable slope increased from approximately 50 feet to 120 feet in length. According to VDOT, geotechnical specialists have spent today reviewing the slope and VDOT, in the interest of public safety, has decided to close southbound Interstate 81.
According to a press release, “As a safety precaution, traffic will be detoured until the unstable material on the slope can be brought down. It is unknown at this time exactly how long it will take to stabilize the slope.”
Crews will get a better idea of how long the interstate will be closed after Aug. 29, which is when the next blasting day will occur and they can re-evaluate the situation.