The first crash occurred near mile marker 248 in Harrisonburg around 1 p.m. Friday. It closed one northbound lane and backed up traffic for about four miles.
However, other crashes occurred north of the city, causing backups.
Around 2:30 p.m., a third crash at mile marker 256 in Rockingham County closed one lane in each direction for a time.
Traffic from this crash was backed up about six miles.
Congestion on the interstates may be heavier this weekend as students head home for Thanksgiving break.
This story comes from WHSV TV3
Our Valley Delegation to the General Assembly of Virginia has repeatedly refused to take action to prevent this ongoing crisis.
Before his retirement from the Virginia Senate, Republican Kevin Miller proposed raising funds for transportation by a sleight increase in the motor fuels tax. Republican Steve Landes was quite vocal in his condemnation of the idea.
Senator Emmett Hanger brought the issue up again only to be persecuted time after time by his own Republican party here in the Valley, even to the point that he was opposed in a Republican Primary for re-nomination.
John Lesinski, Gene Hart, Greg Marrow, Erik Curren, and Jeff Price all campaigned on addressing this issue here in the Valley. As Democrats.
Todd Gilbert, Matthew Lohr, Steve Landes, Dickie Bell, and Ben Cline, all Republicans, each promised to never, ever, no matter what, to support a tax increase for any reason whatsoever. All of these individuals refuse to tell their constituents the truth about critical infrastructure funding necessities in Virginia, and most importantly to us, here in the Shenandoah Valley.
This day, November 20th 2009, belongs to them...
You are being represented by Todd, Matt, Steve, Dickie, and Ben. And Mark Obenshain...
We have fewer State Troopers in Rockingham County than we did 25 years ago. We have an enormous problem on Interstate 81 right here in the Shenandoah Valley. Where have our guys been? Where are they now? Blaming Youtube Videos???
I hope Valley Voters get this figured out...