Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board

Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan

What's Being Done

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 study time frame. Briefings from May and July 2018 are currently available.

Public Involvement

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.

Attend a meeting

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

Bristol District

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 District

Salem Civic Center

1001 Roanoke Boulevard

Salem, VA 24153


Public Meeting Displays

Round 2 Meeting Displays:

View project meeting displays ahead of the second series of corridor public meetings. Most display information will be posted approximately one week before the scheduled meetings along the corridor.

View the July briefing to the CTB

Round 1 Meeting Displays:

View the public meeting presentation and handout.

View project meeting displays from the second series of corridor public meetings.

View the May briefing to the CTB

Provide Comments

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):

Comments topics and percentages

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