Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Oct. 26, 2009
VDOT IMPROVES PARK AND RIDE LOT AT INTERSTATE 81’S EXIT 140
Parking will be impacted for several days starting Monday, Nov. 2
SALEM—The Virginia Department of Transportation will improve the unpaved portion of the Park and Ride lot at Interstate 81’s exit 140 (Salem) starting Monday, Nov. 2. VDOT will convert the grassy area on the northern end of the commuter lot into a hard-surface parking area. Approximately 30 new parking spaces will be created by this expansion.
Seven of the 59 existing parking spaces on the paved portion of the lot will be unavailable for several days between Monday, Nov. 2 and Friday, Nov. 6, so the work can be performed. In addition, drivers will be unable to park on the grassy area while it is being upgraded.
Improvements to the unpaved portion of the commuter lot will include grading, stabilizing the soil, updating the drainage ditches, placing stone, applying surface treatment and painting lines. The Park and Ride lot will be expanded by approximately 13,000 square feet for a cost of about $25,000.
VDOT plans to complete the improvements by Friday, Nov. 6. However, weather may require adjustments to the work schedule.
The Park and Ride lot at I-81’s exit 140 in Salem serves as a stop for the Smart Way Bus which plans to replace 35-foot long buses with new 45-foot long buses on this route sometime in December. Because the longer buses may have difficulty turning the corners in the parking lot, it is important that commuters do not park in designated no parking areas.
Drivers recently may have noticed electronic message boards at the Park and Ride lot indicating increased enforcement of no parking areas beginning November 1.
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