Backups clear after crash that closed I-81 North near Exit 243

View from VDOT traffic camera at MM 242.8 on Interstate 81 as of 1:17 p.m. on Dec. 18.
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All lanes are reopen and all backups have cleared after a crash temporarily shut down all northbound I-81 traffic near Exit 243 on Tuesday afternoon.


A crash has shut down all northbound lanes of Interstate 81 right near Exit 243 for Harrisonburg.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), all northbound lanes are closed at mile marker 243. The closure is just after Exit 243, where traffic is attempting to leave the interstate to detour on Route 11, which has become extremely backed up in the area as well.

As of 1:45 p.m., backups from the scene stretched back at least 4 and a half miles, reaching past the Mount Crawford area.

There's no word from VDOT on when lanes are expected to reopen.