VDOT holds public hearing in Weyers Cave

Published: Apr. 22, 2019 at 11:16 PM EDT
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On Monday, the Commonwealth Transportation Board gave local governments and others the opportunity to share why their proposed projects are important and should receive funding.

Virginia Department of Transportation officials say that 26 different localities applied for more than 70 projects.

"Everything from additional mobile choices for bikes and pedestrians, to ramp improvements on I-81, as well as corridor and intersection improvements," VDOT Staunton District planner and Waynesboro mayor Terry Short said.

The recommendations will be presented formally in May with a decision coming in June. They would then be in effect on July 1.

Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine led the meeting; she says that the people of the Shenandoah Valley are passionate about their pitches, especially when they concern interstate 81.

"I have served in the General Assembly, served in the Commonwealth Transportation Board, I've been in this position," Valentine said. "I've never seen community engagement like I have on 81."

Some of the proposed projects concern I-81, but VDOT is still working on its separate

that they are hoping to move forward with soon.