Planned Improvements: Acceleration / Deceleration Extension

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Planned Improvements: Acceleration / Deceleration Extension

The I-81 Improvement Program has strategically planned improvements around some of the most critical segments along the corridor. By providing a series of targeted lower-cost strategies to maximize the overall capacity of the corridor, the components described below will enhance safety, boost economic competitiveness, improve quality of life, and support environmental sustainability.

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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

Abingdon

Extend iconExtend acceleration lane at Exit 17

Arrow iconSouthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2020 - 2021

Smyth County

Extend iconExtend acceleration lane at Exit 39

Arrow iconSouthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2022 - 2023

Marion / Smyth County

Extend iconExtend acceleration lane at Exit 44

Arrow iconSouthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2021 - 2022

Marion / Smyth County

Extend iconExtend acceleration lane at Exit 47

Up Arrow iconNorthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2023 - 2024

Marion / Smyth County

Extend iconExtend acceleration lane at Exit 47

Arrow iconSouthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2021 - 2022

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

Pulaski / Pulaski County

Extend iconExtend acceleration lane at Exit 94

Arrow iconSouthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2021

Radford / Montgomery County

Extend iconExtend acceleration lane at Exit 105

Up Arrow iconNorthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2025 - 2027

Botetourt County

Extend iconExtend acceleration lane at Troutville Safety Rest Area

Arrow iconSouthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2021 - 2022

Buchanan / Botetourt County

Extend iconExtend acceleration lane at Exit 162

Up Arrow iconNorthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2025 - 2026

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

Rockbridge County

Extend iconExtend acceleration lane at Exit 188

Up Arrow iconNorthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2024

Rockbridge County

Extend iconExtend acceleration lane at Exit 205

Up Arrow iconNorthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2021 - 2022

Rockbridge County

Extend iconExtend acceleration lane at Exit 205

Arrow iconSouthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2021 - 2022

Augusta County

Extend iconExtend acceleration lane from Mount Sidney Safety Rest Area

Up Arrow iconNorthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2025 - 2027

Augusta County

Extend iconExtend acceleration lane from Mount Sidney Safety Rest Area

Arrow iconSouthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2025 - 2027

Shenandoah County

Extend iconExtend acceleration lane at exit 291

Up Arrow iconNorthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2021

Shenandoah County

Extend iconExtend acceleration lane at Exit 296

Arrow iconSouthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2021

Frederick County

Extend iconExtend acceleration lane from truck scales (mile marker 304)

Up Arrow iconNorthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2021

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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

Abingdon / Washington County

Extend iconExtend deceleration lane at Exit 19

Up Arrow iconNorthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2021 - 2022

Smyth County

Extend iconExtend deceleration lane at Exit 39

Up Arrow iconNorthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2021 - 2022

Smyth County

Extend iconExtend deceleration lane at Exit 39

Arrow iconSouthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2021 - 2022

Marion / Smyth County

Extend iconExtend deceleration lane at Exit 45

Up Arrow iconNorthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2026 - 2028

Wytheville

Extend iconExtend deceleration lane at Exit 67

Up Arrow iconNorthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2021

Wytheville

Extend iconExtend deceleration lane at Exit 72

Up Arrow iconNorthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2026 - 2028

Wytheville

Extend iconExtend I-77 deceleration lane and reconfigure off-ramp

Up Arrow iconNorthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2023 - 2025

Wythe County

Extend iconExtend deceleration lane at Exit 81

Arrow iconSouthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2026 - 2028

Wythe County

Extend iconExtend deceleration lane at Exit 84

Arrow iconSouthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2021

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

Botetourt County

Extend iconExtend deceleration lane at Troutville Safety Rest Area

Arrow iconSouthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2021 - 2022

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

Augusta County

Extend iconExtend deceleration lane to Mount Sidney Safety Rest Area

Arrow iconSouthbound

Construction iconConstruction: 2025 - 2027