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VDOT presents potential solutions for Interstate 81

A tractor trailer crash at mile marker 253 in Rockingham County is leading to delays for...
A tractor trailer crash at mile marker 253 in Rockingham County is leading to delays for drivers heading north on I-81.(WHSV)
Published: Aug. 23, 2018 at 11:35 PM EDT
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On Thursday, the Virginia Department of Transportation hosted a meeting to discuss the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan. This meeting was the second phase of a three phase program to make the interstate safer and more efficient.

The first phase, held in June, was a public meeting -- allowing residents to voice their concerns about the highway. After reviewing more than 1,000 comments, performance measure data, crash reports, traffic volumes, geometry, and other data, potential solutions to the problems were crafted by VDOT.

These solutions were presented to the community through a

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The presentation was divided into seven parts: overview of the improvement plan, summary of community feedback, draft operations plan, potential capital solutions, potential funding options, next steps, and how to provide feedback.

At the end of the meeting, the public asked questions to the organizers and posed additional solutions.

Former Senator, Frank Nolen, said that even after the meeting, he is still concerned.

"I am really getting concerned about how it's affecting our area, economically" said Nolen. "With all the instances that are causing us not to be able to deliver our goods and receive our goods."

Many residents complained that the highway is too crowded, however, Nolen believes the opposite.

"The capacity of the roads we have is less than 50 percent, we could handle twice as many cars, if we could control the traffic," said Nolen. "We need to use technology to generate traffic and an enforcement of the current laws."

VDOT encourages the public to get involved, however, all comments must be postmarked, emailed, or delivered to the study manager at VA81CorridorPlan@OIPI.virginia.gov by September 30th, 2018.

CORRECTION: The email address has been updated.

 On Thursday, the Virginia Department of Transportation hosted a meeting to discuss the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan. This meeting was the second phase of a three step program to make Interstate 81 safer and more efficient. 

 

The first phase, held in June, was a public meeting -- allowing residents to voice their concerns about the Highway. After reviewing more than 1,000 comments, performance measure data, crash reports, traffic volumes, geometry, and other data, potential solutions to the problems were crafted by VDOT. 

 

These solutions were presented to the community through a <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/16_wEgrG29SSgnNndJUbrLKGgXqZIdQjs/view" target="_blank">47 page extensive PowerPoint</a>.

 
 

The presentation was divided into seven parts: overview of the improvement plan, summary of community feedback, draft operations plan, potential capital solutions, potential funding options, next steps, and how to provide feedback. 

 

At the end of the meeting, the public asked questions to the organizers and posed additional solutions. 

 

Former Senator, Frank Nolen, says that, even after the meeting, he is still concerned. 

 

"I am really getting concerned about how it's affecting our area, economically" says Nolen. "With all the instances that are causing us not to be able to deliver our goods and receive our goods." 

 

Many residents complained that the highway is too crowded; however, Nolen believes the opposite.

 

 

"The capacity of the roads we have is less than 50 percent, we could handle twice as many cars, if we could control the traffic," says Nolen. 

"We need to use technology to generate traffic and an enforcement of the current laws."


 

VDOT encourages the public to get involved; however, all comments must be postmarked, emailed, or delivered to the study manager by September 30th, 2018.