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All lanes of I-81 reopen after vehicle fire in Augusta County

(WHSV)
Published: Mar. 21, 2019 at 1:11 PM EDT
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UPDATE (3 p.m.):

All lanes of Interstate 81 are open again at mile marker 215 near Greenville after a vehicle fire, and all backups have now cleared.

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UPDATE (2:05 p.m.):

Both northbound lanes of Interstate 81 are open again at mile marker 215 in Augusta County after a vehicle fire temporarily closed the entire northbound side on Thursday afternoon.

As of 2:05 p.m., only the right shoulder was closed, but VDOT reported backups still stretched around six miles.

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UPDATE (1:13 p.m.):

One northbound lane of Interstate 81 has been reopened after a vehicle fire temporarily closed the northbound side of the interstate at mile marker 215 in Augusta County.

According to VDOT, the northbound right lane and right shoulder remain closed as crews continue to respond to a vehicle fire.

Backups stretch about four miles from the scene and additional congestion is reported on Route 11.

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Drivers heading north on Interstate 81 through Augusta County should be prepared for serious delays near Greenville on Thursday afternoon.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), a vehicle fire has shut down all northbound lanes of the interstate at mile marker 215, a little north of the exit for Routes 11 and 340.

VDOT warning signs on the interstate list delays of at least four miles from the scene.

There's no word on when the fire will be brought under control and the lanes will reopen.

Traffic cameras in the area show snow falling, accumulating on grass and vehicle roofs, but not on the roadway.

Additional congestion can be expected on Route 11 in Augusta County as drivers look for detours.