Jason Bond 540-387-5493

SAL 41

Oct. 23, 2017

$62-million project will widen two miles of I-81 in Roanoke County between exits 141 and 143

SALEM — On Tuesday, November 14, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a design public hearing to discuss a $62-million project to add a lane to both directions of Interstate 81 in Roanoke County between exit 141 (Salem) and exit 143 (Roanoke).

The hearing will be held at the Northside High School located at 6758 Northside High School Road in Roanoke.

The project will add a two-mile lane on northbound I-81 between the on ramp at exit 141 and the off ramp at exit 143 and a two-mile lane on southbound I-81 between the on ramp at exit 143 and the off ramp at exit 141. Adding a two-mile lane in both directions will alleviate congestion and provide for safer traffic movements between these exits.

As part of the project, sound walls will be considered along northbound I-81.

As of 2016, between 63,000 and 70,000 vehicles use the section of I-81 between exits 141 and 143 each day, making it the most heavily travelled portion of I-81 in Virginia.

The design public hearing is being held to provide an opportunity for citizens or organizations to give input on the project and will be held in an “open-house” format. VDOT representatives will be present to discuss the project and answer questions. 

Comments about the project may be submitted at the hearing or until November 24, 2017, by mail to Mr. Kelly Dunn PE, Virginia Department of Transportation, 731 Harrison Avenue, Salem, VA 24153. E-mail comments can be sent to Please reference “I-81 Auxiliary Lanes – Roanoke County” in the subject heading.

 Anyone requiring special assistance to attend and participate in this meeting may contact Kelly Dunn at 540-387-5353, 800-367-7623 or TTY/TDD 711.

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