Closed by tanker accident, westbound I-66 likely reopening at 2 p.m.

The Virginia Department of Transportation estimates that the westbound lanes of Interstate 66 in Warren County should reopen around 2 p.m. today. Crews are cleaning up from an early-morning accident involving a gasoline tanker near mile marker 11.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is setting up a new detour for all traffic on westbound I-66. Drivers will be directed off the interstate at exit 23 in Fauquier County, and follow Route 17 north to Route 50 west. This route will take them to Interstate 81 in Frederick County, about 13 miles north of the I-66 junction.

Drivers can also expect significant congestion in the town of Front Royal due to traffic that has already diverted from the interstate, and due to flooding overnight that has closed many secondary roads throughout the nine counties of VDOT’s Culpeper district.

VDOT reported that all nine counties are affected, from Fauquier south through Albemarle, and a total of 78 were reported still closed due to high water at 11 a.m. Friday. The numbers and areas affected will change through the day as streams near the mountains begin to recede and the floodwaters surge into streams and rivers to the east. Motorists should check VDOT’s traffic information website, www.511Virginia.org, for the latest information on road closures and weather conditions.

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