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Closures coming to Interstate 66

Safety improvements on Interstate 66 in Warren County will require lane closures for about a month, starting Monday.

The improvements on a two-mile section of the interstate, from mile marker 10.1 to 12.2, will require the  application of  a high-friction surface treatment to improve traction on curves between exit 6 to Front Royal and exit 13 to Linden, according to a release from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Commuters will find that beginning at 8 a.m. Monday through 8 a.m. Friday, July 13, the eastbound left lane will be closed up to 24 hours a day, according to the release.

From 8 a.m. Monday, July 16 through 8 a.m. Friday, July 20 the eastbound right lane will be closed up to 24 hours a day.

Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27 the westbound left lane will be closed during the hours of 8 p.m and 3 p.m. Lane closures will be lifted during the afternoon and early evening commute times, according to the release.

Monday, July 30 through Friday, August 3 the westbound right lane will be closed during the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. Lane closures will be lifted during the afternoon and early evening commute times.

“I-66 is a popular route between the upper Shenandoah Valley and Northern Virginia, so VDOT is trying to minimize congestion by lifting the westbound lane closures on weekday afternoons, and all lane closures from Friday through Sunday,” said Ken Slack, spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Transportation.

There were a number of crashes in which people went off the road when the pavement condition was wet, snowy or icy, Slack said

The anticipated safety benefits are up to a 50 percent reduction in snow, ice or rain related crashes, Slack said.

This is a federally funded project under the Highway Safety Improvement Program.

Safety funding was approved in 2017 based on the crash data for the  three-year period from 2013-2015, Slack said.

Information Slack provided showed 33 total crashes due to wet, snow-covered or icy road conditions on the stretch of I-66 that will receive the improved surface;

12 injury crashes resulted in 19 injuries;

A pair of fatal crashes resulted in two fatalities;

There were also 19 crashes involving property damage.

For the most recent 36-month period from June 1, 2015 through May 31,  rain, snow or ice contributed to:

32 total crashes;

11 personal injury crashes resulting in 16 injuries;

A single crash resulting in one fatality;

20 property damage crashes.

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