From our inbox to yours: Provide input at series of meetings planned along corridor through Fall 2018
RICHMOND, Va. – 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 improvements 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.
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.
The public is invited to attend the first of a series of meetings planned and provide
input to the study team as work progresses. The purpose of this first series of meetings
is to gather public input on safety and congestion concerns on I-81 in Virginia.
The public meetings will be held from 4-7 p.m. on the below-listed dates at the noted
locations. Presentations will be held at the beginning of each meeting at 4 p.m. followed by an open house through 7 p.m.
Comments will be accepted at the meeting or by contacting Ben Mannell, study
manager, at VA81CorridorPlan@OIPI.Virginia.gov or by mail to 1401 E. Broad
St., Richmond, Virginia 23219, or by phone at 804-786-2971. The first
comment period will end July 31, 2018. Additional comment opportunities will
be available throughout the study.