Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan

The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation are developing a plan to study the entire length of the Interstate 81 corridor in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

As directed in Senate Bill 971 (now 2018 Acts of Assembly Chapter 743), the study team will identify targeted improvement along I-81 and potential revenue sources that could be dedicated to improvements. SB 971 was introduced by Senators Mark Obenshain and Bill Carrico, and supported by Delegate Steve Landes with budget language in the House of Delegates budget bill. 

The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) will receive briefings during the study time frame.

Public Involvement

Feedback provided by members of communities, industries and other stakeholders will be considered as team members study the corridor throughout the summer and prepare a draft plan report in the fall. The team and the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) plan to report findings to the General Assembly in December, prior to the opening of Session in January 2019.

To get involved, attend a meeting or provide feedback online throughout the study period. Two more public meetings will be held along the corridor through Fall 2018. Also include comments on the interactive map!

Mail comments to Mr. Ben Mannell and include “I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan” in the subject line by email or to the address: Attn: Ben Mannell, 1401 E. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia 23219


August 23, 2018 - 4:00 – 7:00 PM, Plecker Center, Blue Ridge Community College, One College LaneWeyers Cave, Virginia 24486
  • The meetings will begin with a brief presentation at 4 p.m. followed by an open house format through 7 p.m., which will allow attendees to speak one-on-one with study team members, ask questions, provide written comments and use the interactive project boards available to identify specific areas of concern.
  • This meeting will focus on potential improvements and revenue sources.

October 2018 - Recommended Corridor Plan Public Meetings:

  • Improvement recommendation packages and economic impact of tolling
January 2019 - Final Executive Summary and Report