AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE (3:04 p.m.):
Both southbound lanes of Interstate 81 have reopened after a crash near Exit 225 in Augusta County on Thursday afternoon.
As of 3:04 p.m., the southbound right shoulder remained closed as crews continued cleaning up a crash scene, but the two travel lanes were open again.
Backups still stretched back about three miles, and most traffic seen on a traffic camera appeared hesitant to travel in the right lane closest to the scene where crews remained.
Drivers heading south on Interstate 81 should be prepared for delays near Staunton on Thursday afternoon.
As of 3 p.m., a crash had closed the southbound right lane and right shoulder of I-81 at mile marker 224.7, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
That's near Exit 225 for Route 254/Route 262 just outside of Staunton.
By 3 p.m., VDOT estimated backups stretched back at least two miles, and they could be seen on a traffic camera near the Verona exit at MM 227.