VDOT News - Bristol



Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


April 2, 2021

Virtual public meeting scheduled for three Interstate 81 truck climbing lane projects in Southwest Virginia

BRISTOL—The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold an online public meeting this month for three proposed truck climbing lane projects in southwest Virginia.

The proposed truck climbing lanes would be added at the following locations on Interstate 81: northbound at mile marker 32.4 in Washington County, northbound at mile marker 39.5 in Smyth County, and southbound at mile marker 34 in Smyth County.

The truck climbing lanes will improve traffic flow by providing a third lane at three uphill grades in the mountainous terrain of southwest Virginia.

The meeting will be held April 20 beginning at 5 p.m. with a brief presentation followed by a question and answer session. The meeting can be accessed from the following link: https://www.virginiadot.org/i81SWVAtrucklanes.

After reviewing the online documents and participating in the online meeting at https://VirginiaDOT.org/i81SWVAtrucklanes, comments can be provided to VDOT until April 30, 2021 via the following methods:

  • Call VDOT Project Manager James “Jim” Jones at 276-696-3257.
  • Email jones@vdot.virginia.gov. Please reference “I-81 SWVA Truck Lanes” in the subject line.
  • Online survey from the I-81 SWVA Truck Lanes public meeting page. Additionally, a PDF comment sheet to print and mail is also provided.  
  • Traditional mail to VDOT Project Manager Jim Jones, 870 Bonham Road, Bristol, Virginia 24201.

If you would like a paper copy of the survey mailed or need further special assistance, please reach out to Jones at 276-696-3257, 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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