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I-81 Corridor Improvement Study: Tier 2 I-77/I-81 Overlap

Project at a Glance
Begin Date
June 2008



Patrick Hughes, Project Manager

What's Being Done

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), conducted a location study to evaluate alternatives to meet existing and future travel needs in the study area between Exit 72 and Exit 81 on co-located Interstate 81 and 77 near Wytheville.  To facilitate this action, VDOT and FHWA completed a Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) in 2007, and the Environmental Assessment (EA) serves as the second tier study.

In May 2012, the Commonwealth Transportation Board selected the location for the I-77/I-81 overlap in Wythe County choosing Candidate Build Alternative B, which adds one travel lane in each direction of the current location of the overlap.

Three alternatives were presented during a public hearing in September 2011: Candidate Build A, separation of the two interstates; Candidate Build B, the addition of one travel lane in each direction; and a no-build option.

The cost estimate for Candidate Build B is $457 million and includes preliminary engineering, right of way and construction.  Currently funding has not been identified for these phases.

Project Updates

An Interstate 77/81 Overlap Location Public Hearing was held Sept. 28, 2011 at the Wytheville Meeting Center in Wytheville.  


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