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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.
Feedback provided by members of communities, industries and other stakeholders will be considered as team members study the corridor throughout the summer and prepare a draft plan report in the fall. The team and the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) plan to report findings to the General Assembly in December, prior to the opening of Session in January 2019.
To get involved, attend a meeting or provide feedback throughout the study period. Three series of meetings will be held along the corridor through Fall 2018.
The second series of meetings are planned for late August 2018 and will focus on potential improvements and revenue sources. The first round of meetings was held in June.
The meetings will begin with a brief presentation at 4 p.m. followed by an open house format through 7 p.m., which will allow attendees to speak one-on-one with study team members, ask questions, provide written comments and use the interactive project boards available to identify specific areas of concern.
The study team will hold a third series of meetings along the corridor with additional opportunities for formal public comments to be received. The third, and final, series of meetings will cover recommended packages of improvements.
An online, location-specific map is also available for those who cannot attend an in-person meeting.
Monday, August 20, 2018
Holiday Inn Bristol
3005 Linden Drive
Bristol, VA 24202
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Staunton District (north)
Lord Fairfax Community College
173 Skirmisher Lane
Middletown, VA 22645
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Staunton District (south)
Blue Ridge Community College
Plecker Center for Continuing Education
One College Lane
Weyers Cave, VA 24486
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Salem Civic Center
1001 Roanoke Boulevard
Salem, VA 24153
Round 2 Meeting Displays:
View the public meeting presentation.
View project meeting displays ahead of the second series of corridor public meetings:
View the July briefing to the CTB
Round 1 Meeting Displays:
View project meeting displays from the second series of corridor public meetings.
View the May briefing to the CTB
The second comment period will end Sept. 30, 2018. Additional comment opportunities will be available throughout the study.
Comments received from the first comment period (ended Aug. 6):
Note: These comments are not inclusive of areas identified as a part of the dot/map exercise during the first round of meetings.