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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



Robert Baker, P.E., Project Manager

What's happening now?

During the week of October 3, be alert to a nighttime lane closure Thursday night on I-81 northbound due to barrier wall work and a nighttime lane closure Tuesday night on Jonesboro Road due to placement of pavement markings. Anticipate flaggers working along Old Jonesboro Road and Dennison Drive during daytime hours, and be alert to an increase in heavy equipment crossing in this area. (Completion: fall 2018)

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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