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I-81 Exit 150 Access Management

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Construction: Spring 2015

Cost
Estimated $46.75 million

Locality
Botetourt

District
Salem

Contact
Brian Becker, P.E.
540-387-5353

Project Description

The Route 11, Route 220 and Route 220 Alternative Access Management Project at I-81 Exit 150 should provide interim measures to improve the safety and capacity of the existing intersection and associated northbound movements from and to Interstate 81 that have a direct impact on routes 11, 220 and 220A.

The access management project entails the following: 

  • Relocating the northbound I-81 entrance ramp (from northbound Route 220 onto northbound I-81) to a new location adjacent to the Exit 150B off-ramp
  • Constructing a roundabout at the Exit150B/Route 11 (click here to see the roundabout design) intersection to improve traffic flow, enhance safety and increase capacity
  • Building a new loop road, Gateway Crossing, to extend from the new Route 11 roundabout to Route 220 Alternate
  • Providing better access management on Route 11 by installing a raised median and reducing the number of entrances
  • Modifying the entrances onto Route 11 as right-in/right-out only
  • Acquiring the Travel Center America property anda portion of the Painter parcel which contains the business tenant known as Gene’s Trading Post is being acquired which necessitates the relocation of this business.

Right of way acquisition began in spring 2013.  The project is expected to advertised for construction bids in late 2014 with construction beginning in spring 2015. 

Public Hearing

The Virginia Department of Transportation held a location and design public hearing on the proposed project to improve traffic flow and relieve congestion around Interstate 81’s exit 150 (Troutville) in Botetourt County.  Approximately 220 people attended the hearing which was held for citizens to give VDOT input on the proposed project. 

The hearing was held in March 2012. The public comment period for this project has ended.

Links to the public hearing information and comment sheet can be found here:

Public Hearing Brochure/Information

Public Hearing Display

Typical Section 1

Typical Section 2

 

Developing Alternatives

A stakeholder group was formed to develop alternatives for improving traffic flow around this intersection.  The group developed six alternatives that were carried forward for study and presented to the public at a citizen information meeting in August 2009.  

The stakeholders and recommended that VDOT proceed with a new alternative that combines features of several of the six alternatives presented to the public in August 2009. 

 

 

 

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