Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board

Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan

What's Being Done

The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB), with assistance from the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, studied the entire length of the Interstate 81 corridor in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2018.

The CTB approved the I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan on Dec. 5, 2018 and the study's findings were reported to the General Assembly. The study identified a $2 billion package of projects for the corridor.

During the 2019 General Assembly, two bills were introduced regarding the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan, Senate Bill 1716 and House Bill 2718. The bills did not identify dedicated revenue sources for funding the project package. On March 28, 2019, Governor Northam announced amendments to the bills, which would provide for dedicated funding sources for projects identified as priorities. The amendments were passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Northam on April 3, 2019.

Once implemented, the study team estimates that the annual vehicles hours of delay will be reduced by more than six million and reduce the annual number of crashes by about 450 along the entire corridor.

The CTB received an April briefing with the latest updates to the I-81 Corridor Improvement Fund and Program, which incorporate the funding provided by the amendments.

Final Report for the General Assembly

View the Final Report and Appendices for the Virginia General Assembly

(Report formatted for two-sided printing.)

Public Involvement

Feedback provided by members of communities, industries and other stakeholders were considered as team members finalize a draft plan report following the completion of the study. The team and the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) reported findings to the General Assembly in December, prior to the opening of Session in January 2019.

Public meetings

The third and final series of meetings, which focused on recommended packages of improvements, wrapped up on Oct. 25, 2018. The first round of meetings was held in June and the second was held in August.

Public Materials

Project Refinements

I-81 Improvements Modifications Summary

Round 3 Meeting Displays and Presentations:

View the September briefing to the CTB

Round 2 Meeting Displays and Presentations:

View the July briefing to the CTB

Round 1 Meeting Displays and Presentations:

View the public meeting presentation and handout.

View general project meeting displays from the first series of corridor public meetings. District-specific displays are available:

View the May briefing to the CTB

Comments Provided

The final comment period ended Nov. 30, 2018.

Comments received from the first and second comment periods (ended Sept. 30):

Breakdown of comments provided through Sept. 30

Note: These comments are not inclusive of areas identified as a part of the dot/map exercise during the first round of meetings.