VDOT News - Bristol



Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


Oct. 4, 2021

VDOT sets public meeting for Interstate 81 widening in Bristol, Washington County

BRISTOL—This month, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a design public meeting for the proposed widening of Interstate 81 southbound between exits 7 and 10 (mile markers 8.1 – 9.7) and extension of the northbound I-81 merge lane from exit 7.

The open house format public meetings will take place Thursday, October 21 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Holiday Inn & Suites – Bristol Convention Center, located at 3135 Linden Drive in Bristol. VDOT will follow current COVID-19 precautions to ensure the health and safety of attendees. The project website includes the same information, materials and presentations that will be available at the public hearing: https://www.virginiadot.org/i81SouthWideningWashCo .

In addition to extending the northbound merge lane from exit 7, the proposed project would widen to three lanes 1.6 miles of southbound I-81 from mile marker 8.1 to mile marker 9.7. This section of I-81 southbound carries approximately 22,000 vehicles per day.

Comments regarding the project can be provided to VDOT until October 31, 2021 via the following methods:
- Call VDOT Project Manager Gene Holley at 276-696-3255.

- Email gene.holley@vdot.virginia.gov. Please reference “I-81 widening (Washington County)” in the subject line.

- Online survey available from the project page listed above. Additionally, a PDF comment sheet to print and mail is also provided on the web page.

- Traditional mail to VDOT Project Manager Gene Holley, 870 Bonham Road, Bristol, Virginia 24201.

If you would like a paper copy of the comment form mailed or need further special assistance, please reach out to Holley at 276-696-3255, or VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623), or device for hearing impaired (TTY) at 711. (END)

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