Second series of I-81 meetings scheduled

The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation continue to study the entire length of the Interstate 81 corridor in the Commonwealth of Virginia, in accordance with Senate Bill 971 (now 2018 Acts of Assembly Chapter 743). The study team has scheduled the second series of meetings for late August, which will focus on potential improvements and revenue sources.

Feedback provided by members of communities, industries and other stakeholders will be considered as team members continue study of the corridor throughout the summer and prepare a draft plan report in the fall. The team will make recommendations to the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) for adoption prior to the opening of the 2019 General Assembly session.

The public meetings will be held from 4-7 p.m. on the below-listed dates at the noted locations. Presentations will be held at the beginning of each meeting at 4 p.m. followed by an open house through 7 p.m., which will allow attendees to speak one-on-one with study team members, ask questions and provide written and verbal comments.

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

Comments will be accepted at the meeting or by contacting Ben Mannell, study manager, at VA81CorridorPlan@OIPI.Virginia.gov or by mail to 1401 E. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia 23219, or by phone at 804-786-2971. The comment period will end September 30, 2018. Additional comment opportunities will be available throughout the study.

The study team will hold a final series of meetings along the corridor in the fall, which will cover recommended packages of improvements.