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I-81 Coalition surveying business owners along corridor

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Published: Aug. 22, 2018 at 5:38 PM EDT
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Chambers of commerce along the Interstate 81 corridor are hoping to get feedback from businesses along the interstate.

Earlier this month, the I-81 Coalition sent out a survey to business owners along the corridor. They're wanting to gather information and opinions from owners that rely on their interstate for their businesses and see what changes those people would like to see made.

"Our goal is to collect as much information as we can from the people who are actually using the roads for the transport of goods, for their employees commuting to work," Annette Medlin, president and CEO of the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce said.

More than 40 percent of all the truck traffic that passes through Virginia is on 81, and the interstate is used to transport over $300 billion of goods.

The coalition is keeping the survey open until Sept. 1. They plan to share it with VDOT and other leaders working to make changes on the interstate.

"That's one of our roles and goals as chambers of commerce, is to leverage the resources at our disposal, which is our members, and to gather information that's helpful in the movement of issues," Medlin said.

VDOT is

to gather public feedback as well. They held one meeting Wednesday at Lord Fairfax Community College.

They're holding a second meeting on August 23 at Blue Ridge Community College from 4 until 7 p.m.

You can find more information about VDOT's meetings

.