Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan

The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation are developing a plan to study the entire length of the Interstate 81 corridor in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

As directed in Senate Bill 971 (now 2018 Acts of Assembly Chapter 743), the study team will identify targeted improvement along I-81 and potential revenue sources that could be dedicated to improvements. SB 971 was introduced by Senators Mark Obenshain and Bill Carrico, and supported by Delegate Steve Landes with budget language in the House of Delegates budget bill. 

The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) will receive briefings during the course of the study. Information pertaining to the study, input opportuntities, and meeting documents can be found on the study website: https://www.VA81Corridor.org  

Public Participation

Public participation is a vital part in the development of the I-81 Corridor Imporvement Plan. Input from residents, community leaders, businesses and other stakeholders that frequently use the I-81 corridor is used by the study team to identify issues and needs along the corridor as they prepare the draft plan. The study team and the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) will report their findings to the General Assembly this December, prior to the opening of Session in January 2019.

Timeline

August 6, 2018 - End of First Comment Period:

August 23, 2018 - Recommendations Development Public Meetings:

  • 4:00-7:00 PM
  • Blue Ridge Community College, Plecker Center, One College Lane, Weyers Cave, VA 24486
  • Team members will provide a brief presentation at 4 PM on potential improvements and revenue sources, followed by an open house public meeting until 7 PM, which will allow members of the public to ask questions and provide comments
  • Comments and questions will be accepted at the meeting, or by contacting Ben Mannell, study manager, at VA81CorridorPlan@oipi.Virginia.gov 

October 2018 - Recommended Corridor Plan Public Meetings:

  • Improvement recommendation packages and economic impact of tolling

January 2019 - Final Executive Summary and Report