Interstate 81 Exit 14 ramp improvements and bridge reconstruction
Project at a Glance
Est Completion Date
Robert Baker, P.E., Project Manager
What's happening now?
The week of May 16, be alert to daytime and nighttime lane closures on Old Jonesboro Road at exit 14 due to bridge construction and shoulder closures for utilty work. Shoulder/lane closures are also a possibility along Dennison Drive due to drainage installation and grading work.
Also be alert to the Town of Abingdon's project to pave along Jonesboro Road between the entrance to Virginia Highlands Community College and Route 11 (Weast Main Street) May 15 - 24), weather permitting.
The project will reconstruct I-81 northbound and southbound before and after the interchange and replace the I-81 northbound and southbound bridges over Route 647 (Old Jonesboro Road). The interchange ramps will also be reconstructed.
Old Jonesboro Road will be reconstructed to provide two through lanes in each direction with a raised median and dual left turn lanes for the I-81 northbound entrance ramp. Two traffic signals will be installed where I-81 ramps intersect Old Jonesboro Road.
Dennison Drive will also be reconstructed to raise the roadway. A retaining wall will be constructed between I-81 and a portion of Dennison Drive.
The intersection with Old Jonesboro Road will be relocated opposite the reconstructed northbound ramp.
It is anticipated that northbound I-81 traffic exiting onto Old Jonesboro Road will be detoured during some of the construction. Traffic will be detoured to I-81 Exit 13 where Route 11 will be used to access Old Jonesboro Road.
View the roadway design here.