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, July, and September 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 third and final series of meetings is ongoing and will focus on recommended packages of improvements. The first round of meetings was held in June and the second was held in August.

The public meetings will be held at the below-listed dates, times and locations. A brief presentation will be held near the beginning of each meeting. Immediately following, there will be an opportunity for the public to provide comments about the study. Individual formal comment will be limited to three minutes. The team will consider your comments as the plan is finalized.

An online, location-specific map is also available for those who cannot attend an in-person meeting.

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

at 5 p.m.*

Staunton District (south)

Blue Ridge Community College

Plecker Center for Continuing Education

One College Lane

Weyers Cave, VA 24486


Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

at 5 p.m.

Staunton District (north)

Shenandoah University

Brandt Student Center

1460 University Drive

Winchester, VA 22601

Monday, October 22, 2018

at 5 p.m.*

Bristol District

Southwest Higher Education Center

One Partnership Circle

Abingdon, VA 24210

Thursday, October 25, 2018

at 3 p.m.*

Salem District

Holiday Inn - Valley View

3315 Ordway Drive NW

Roanoke, VA 24017


Public Meeting Materials

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

Provide Comments

The final comment period will end 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.