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Interstate 81 Exit 14 ramp improvements and bridge reconstruction

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
January 2016

Est Completion Date
Fall 2018

$29 million

W-L Construction and Paving Inc., Chilhowie, Virginia



Robert Baker, P.E., project manager

What's Happening Now?

Work is underway to reconstruct Interstate 81 exit 14 to better accommodate traffic volumes and to replace the north and southbound I-81 bridges at exit 14.

Northbound traffic has shifted to the newly constructed I-81 bridge and the new exit 14 off ramp.

Motorists should be alert to the possibility of day / night lane closures on Old Jonesboro Road, as well as the possibility of nighttime lane closures on I-81 north and south. 

Project Overview

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.


Design Display

View the roadway design here.

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