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Emergency repairs cause 'significant delays' on I-95 in Richmond

VDOT: 'Motorists can expect significant delays during their morning commute...'
Posted at 2:28 PM, Sep 27, 2023

UPDATE: There was a three-mile backup at 7:45 a.m., according to VDOT. I-295 and I-195 can be used as alternate routes.

RICHMOND, Va. -- Drivers should plan for "significant delays" on Interstate 95 South Thursday morning as crews continue emergency repairs to a pipe under the heavily-traveled interstate near Arthur Ashe Boulevard in Richmond.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) officials said "excessive water" from Tropical Storm Ophelia last weekend damaged the pipe.

As a result, officials said the interstate's center and left lanes will be closed. That just leaves open the right lane.

"Emergency crews will remain on scene as they continue to perform repairs throughout the night and into Thursday morning," officials wrote. "Motorists can expect significant delays during their morning commute..."

Officials said drivers could use I-295 as an alternate route.

One lane of Interstate 95 south in Richmond remained closed Wednesday afternoon as crews worked on the emergency repairs. That is after all lanes of the interstate were closed near the exit for Arthur Ashe Boulevard for repairs around 2:20 p.m.

"Extended closures are expected," officials warned. "Motorists should seek alternate routes."

Earlier in the afternoon the interstate's right lane and shoulder were also closed.

There was a more than 3-mile backup as of 1:15 p.m., officials said.

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