The SAWMPO is conducting a Small Area Study near Interstate 81 Exit 235 in Weyers Cave. The study is evaluating mid-term solutions to periodic congestion, and long-term corridor needs and intersection configurations to accommodate future growth along Route 256 between US 11 and Triangle Drive. A study group consisting of members from the MPO, Augusta County, VDOT, and community stakeholders representing Blue Ridge Community College and the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport is guiding the study planning process. 

The mid-term recommendations will focus on effective solutions to improve operational conditions by examining signal timing adjustments, modification of intersection geometry, innovative intersections, and access management improvements.

The long-term analysis will consider adding capacity to the existing two-lane interstate bridge, including bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, and design alternatives such as innovative intersections, for operational improvements at the Exit 235 interchange.

The public will have an opporunity to provide comments on the the intitial proposed improvment concepts in Fall 2021. The study is scheduled to be complete in December 2021.