Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
April 28, 2017
NEW SOUTHBOUND RAMPS SET TO OPEN NEXT WEEK AT I-81 EXIT 310 IN FREDERICK COUNTY
STAUNTON – New acceleration and deceleration ramps between Interstate 81 southbound and Route 37 at exit 310 in Frederick County are scheduled to open to traffic next week. These ramps are part of the I-81 exit 310 (Kernstown) interchange reconstruction project, which was originally scheduled for completion in May 2018 but is nearly a year ahead of schedule.
Contractors plan to open the ramps on the night of Monday, May 1, between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. At the same time, a new traffic signal will be activated at the intersection of Route 37 and the southbound ramps. The opening of the new ramps coincides with closure of the existing ones, so traffic delays should be minimal. Virginia State Police will assist with traffic control if needed.
All work is weather permitting. In the event of rain on May 1, the new southbound I-81 ramps will open the next available clear night.
Reconstruction of I-81 exit 310 began in early spring 2015 when General Excavation Inc. (GEI) of Warrenton, Va. was awarded a contract valued at nearly $25 million. The project design uses a “spread-diamond” interchange configuration, which spreads the ramps outward and widens them with dual left- and right-turn lanes.
Upon project completion, dual turn lanes will be at the following locations:
- I-81 northbound deceleration ramp onto Route 37 westbound, dual left-turn lanes.
- I-81 southbound deceleration ramp onto Route 37 westbound, dual right-turn lanes.
- I-81 southbound deceleration ramp onto Route 37 eastbound, dual left-turn lanes.
- Route 37 westbound onto I-81 southbound acceleration ramp, dual left-turn lanes.
- Route 37 westbound onto Route 11 northbound, dual left-turn lanes.
- Route 37 eastbound onto I-81 northbound acceleration ramp, dual left-turn lanes.
The I-81 exit 310 project is designed to alleviate I-81 mainline traffic backups from the exit ramps. Additional information about this project including maps, diagrams and photographs can be found at http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/staunton/i-81_exit_310.asp.
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