May 25, 2018
PUBLIC FEEDBACK INVITED ON INTERSTATE 81 CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT PLAN
Provide input at series of meetings planned along corridor through Fall 2018
RICHMOND, Va. – 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 improvements 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.
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.
The public is invited to attend the first of a series of meetings planned and provide input to the study team as work progresses.The first series of meetings will be focused on identifying specific issues along the corridor to be addressed, including crash frequency, crash severity, hours of delay and incidents that close interstate travel lanes for time periods longer than one hour. Meeting attendees will be able to place color-coded stickers to highlight areas of concern on interactive project boards.
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 two more series of meetings along the corridor with additional opportunities for formal public comments to be received. The second series of meetings will focus on targeted solutions and potential revenue sources and the final series will cover recommended packages of improvements.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Southwest Higher Education Center
One Partnership Cir
Abingdon, VA 24210
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Staunton District (north)
Strasburg High School
250 Ram Drive
Strasburg, VA 22657
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Staunton District (south)
Blue Ridge Community College
Plecker Center for Continuing Education
One College Lane
Weyers Cave, VA 24486
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Holiday Inn Valley View
3315 Ordway Drive,
Roanoke, VA 24017
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 first comment period will end July 31, 2018. Additional comment opportunities will be available throughout the study.
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