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Michelle Earl 276-669-9999
Michelle.Earl@vdot.virginia.gov

BR-14023

Feb. 18, 2014



Interstate 81 Exit 7 interchange improvements coming soon
Project begins mid-March

BRISTOL — Improvements to the Interstate 81 Exit 7 interchange in Bristol are scheduled to begin around mid-March and be in place through summer 2015.  The proposed improvements begin just north of Stage Coach Road to Linden Drive. 

The proposed interchange improvement project includes:

  • Right turn lanes on Old Airport Road for the northbound and southbound I-81 on-ramps
  • Widening Old Airport Road approximately twelve feet under the I-81 bridges, providing space for two lanes southbound and northbound and a left turn lane
  • Widening of the bridge over Beaver Creek to the west side creating better traffic flow from Linden Drive to the I-81 southbound on-ramp
  • Dual left turn lanes on the northbound I-81 off-ramp.


Orders Construction Company, Inc. St. Albans, W. Va., was awarded the $3.4 million contract to perform the improvements at Exit 7. 

The interchange currently handles 18,600 vehicles per day. 

Motorists should allow extra travel time during construction and plan alternate routes where possible.      (END)



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