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Overview

Program Overview

The I-81 Corridor Improvement Program is innovative, targeted improvements that will have a substantial effect on the safety and reliability of a critical portion of our nation's infrastructure.

As a critical north-south backbone of the East Coast’s freight network, the I-81 corridor is vital to the efficient movement of goods through Virginia. More than one-third of all trucks and nearly 50% of the state’s value of goods are transported along the 325-mile corridor. I-81 has the highest per capita truck volume in Virginia.

Within Virginia, I-81 connects 30 colleges and universities, 21 cities and towns and 13 counties, and parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway making this program critical to supporting job growth and economic vitality while reducing congestion, enhancing safety and reliability, and improving quality of life for everyone in our region.

Graphics showing 11.7 Million Trucks per year, $312 billion in goods per year, and 42% of statewide interstate truck vmt occur on Cirridor 81

Program History

Graphic showing program history: April - December 2018 The Program began with a corridor study completed by Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB), Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation. December 2018 CTB approves I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan identifying $2 billion of projects for the corridor. January 2019 General Assembly introduces two bills regarding the corridor: Senate Bill 1716 and House Bill 2718. March 2019 Governor Ralph Northam announced an amendment to both bills that would provide dedicated funding sources for the Program’s identified priorities to include I-81. April 2019 The amendments were passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Northam on April 3, 2019, now establishing the 2019 Acts of Assembly 846.
Graphic showing program history: April - December 2018 The Program began with a corridor study completed by Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB), Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation. December 2018 CTB approves I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan identifying $2 billion of projects for the corridor. January 2019 General Assembly introduces two bills regarding the corridor: Senate Bill 1716 and House Bill 2718. March 2019 Governor Ralph Northam announced an amendment to both bills that would provide dedicated funding sources for the Program’s identified priorities to include I-81. April 2019 The amendments were passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Northam on April 3, 2019, now establishing the 2019 Acts of Assembly 846.

What are the Program Improvements?

The 325-mile long corridor spans across three VDOT districts: Bristol, Salem, and Staunton.

Localities along the corridor include: Augusta, Botetourt, City of Bristol, Frederick, City of Harrisonburg, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, City of Roanoke, Rockbridge, Rockingham, City of Salem, Shenandoah, Smyth, City of Staunton, Washington, City of Winchester and Wythe counties.

There are 64 total program improvements that will consist of both operational and capital improvements. Some of these projects include additional traffic cameras to detect incidents, changeable message signs, lane extensions, curve improvements, as well as adding or widening lanes in some sections of the corridor.

For more details on the program improvements, please visit the Planned Improvements page.