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Section of I-81 in Va. re-opens after slope work

Thursday - 8/29/2013, 6:10pm  ET

SALEM, Va. (AP) -- A section of Interstate 81 south near Blacksburg has been reopened to traffic after crews removed unstable material from a slope along the highway.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said both southbound lanes were opened Thursday. The lanes had been closed since Tuesday.

The lanes were closed between mile markers 120 and 125 in Montgomery County. VDOT said a contractor removed material to restore the slope sufficiently to reopen the lanes.

Crews had been blasting as part of a project to construct a truck climbing lane. During a blast Monday, a 50-foot existing crack in a slope increased to approximately 120 feet in length.

Traffic was detoured off the interstate during the work to make the slope safe.

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