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Under Construction

Interstate 81 Exit 14 ramp improvements and bridge reconstruction

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
January 2016

Est Completion Date
Fall 2018

Cost
$34 million

Locality
Washington

District
Bristol

Contact
Robert Baker, P.E., Project Manager
276-525-6472

What's happening now?

The week of June 27, be alert to daytime and nighttime lane closures on Old Jonesboro Road due to bridge construction and construction of the northbound on and off ramps. Also be alert to the possibility of lane closures on Dennison Road due to construction activities.

The northbound on and off ramps will be closed from 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 7  until 7 a.m., Thursday, July 8 to work on the new northbound on-ramp. Motorists can detour using exit 13 to access Jonesboro Road and Route 11.

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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