Work Completed: Operational Improvements

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Work Completed: Operational Improvements

The I-81 Corridor Improvement Program is working to complete over 60 improvements that include but are not limited to operational updates, exit extensions, acceleration and deceleration lanes, and auxiliary lanes to name a few. The following projects are currently complete. If you don’t see a program improvement listed, check the planned improvements page to learn more.

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BRISTOL DISTRICT

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Counties:

Bland, Buchanan, Dickenson, Grayson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe

Cities:

Bristol, Norton

Towns:

Abingdon, Appalachia, Big Stone Gap, Bluefield, Cedar Bluff, Chilhowie, Cleveland, Clinchco, Clinchport, Clintwood, Coeburn, Damascus, Duffield, Dungannon, Fries, Gate City, Glade Spring, Grundy, Haysi, Honaker, Independence, Jonesville, Lebanon, Marion, Nickelsville, Pennington Gap, Pocahontas, Pound, Richlands, Rural Retreat, Saltville, St. Charles, St. Paul, Tazewell, Troutdale, Weber City, Wise, and Wytheville

Safety Service Patrol Improvements
  • Added 12 additional Safety Service Patrol trucks and 10 personnel in Salem and Bristol Districts.
  • Added 2 additional Traffic Operations Center operators in the Southwest Region.
  • Expanded safety service patrol operation to 7 days a week.
Detour Plans

Routes parallel to the I-81 corridor can serve as an alternative route for travelers when there are incidents on the interstate, particularly those requiring lane closures. Detour plans have been developed for VDOT and other responding agencies to follow when I-81 incidents occur between interchanges. The plans provide detailed resource information for responders such as number and stations for traffic control personnel, location and type of traffic signals, signing and other traffic control devices required. The purpose for development of the detour plans was to assist with keeping traffic moving during an incident on the interstate.

CCTV Cameras

25 new cameras installed

SALEM DISTRICT

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Counties:

Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke

Cities:

Galax, Martinsville, Radford, Roanoke and Salem

Towns:

Bedford, Blacksburg, Boones Mill, Buchanan, Christiansburg, Dublin, Fincastle, Floyd, Glen Lyn, Hillsville, Narrows, New Castle, Pearisburg, Pembroke, Pulaski, Rich Creek, Ridgeway, Rocky Mount, Stuart, Troutville and Vinton

Safety Service Patrol Improvements
  • Separated the existing Roanoke County/Botetourt County coverage area into two areas, creating one route for I-81 and I-581 in Roanoke County and one route for Botetourt County.
  • Added 12 additional Safety Service Patrol trucks and 10 personnel in Salem and Bristol Districts.
  • An additional Safety Service Patrol route was added to Christiansburg Mountain to increase coverage.
  • Added 2 additional Traffic Operations Center operators in the Southwest Region.
Detour Plans

Routes parallel to the I-81 corridor can serve as an alternative route for travelers when there are incidents on the interstate, particularly those requiring lane closures. Detour plans have been developed for VDOT and other responding agencies to follow when I-81 incidents occur between interchanges. The plans provide detailed resource information for responders such as number and stations for traffic control personnel, location and type of traffic signals, signing and other traffic control devices required. The purpose for development of the detour plans was to assist with keeping traffic moving during an incident on the interstate.

CCTV Cameras

4 new cameras installed

STAUNTON DISTRICT

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Counties:

Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Warren

Cities:

Buena Vista, Covington, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro and Winchester

Towns:

Berryville, Boyce, Bridgewater, Broadway, Clifton Forge, Craigsville, Dayton, Edinburg, Elkton, Front Royal, Glasgow, Goshen, Grottoes, Iron Gate, Luray, Middletown, Monterey, Mount Crawford Mount, Jackson, New Marke,t Shenandoah, Stanley, Stephens City, Strasburg, Timberville, Toms Brook and Woodstock

Safety Service Patrol Improvements
  • Created a new Safety Service Patrol route for I-81 in Augusta County.
  • Separated the Frederick County/Warren County Safety Service Patrol coverage area into two areas, one for I-81 and one for I-66.
  • Expanded Safety Service Patrol coverage from 12 hours to 16 hours per day in Staunton District and added 7 additional trucks and 12 personnel.
  • Added 2 additional Traffic Operations Center operators in the Northwest Region.
Detour Plans

Routes parallel to the I-81 corridor can serve as an alternative route for travelers when there are incidents on the interstate, particularly those requiring lane closures. Detour plans have been developed for VDOT and other responding agencies to follow when I-81 incidents occur between interchanges. The plans provide detailed resource information for responders such as number and stations for traffic control personnel, location and type of traffic signals, signing and other traffic control devices required. The purpose for development of the detour plans was to assist with keeping traffic moving during an incident on the interstate.

CCTV Cameras

13 new cameras installed