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Elm Avenue Interchange Improvements - Roanoke

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Spring 2013

Est Completion Date
Summer 2015

$20.4 million


Jeremy Hendricks

What is being done?

The I-581/Elm Avenue interchange improvement project in Roanoke is
designed to relieve congestion along Elm Avenue and its intersections,
including the northbound and southbound off-ramps from I-581.

In terms of construction, this will be accomplished by the addition of one lane to both off ramps from I-581 and extending the left turn lane in each direction on Elm Avenue. Consequently, extending the left turn lanes will require the widening of two bridges on Elm Avenue: the bridge over I-581 and the bridge over the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks. The existing substandard vertical clearance over I-581 will be addressed as part of this project.

Additional work to be performed by the design-builder includes:

• Reconstructing both Elm Avenue bridges
• Constructing retaining walls for ramp widening
• Acquiring right of way
• Relocating utilities within the project limits
• Milling and overlaying existing pavement
• Updating traffic signals and lighting
• Installing signs and pavement markings
• Installing drainage structures
• Developing storm water management facilities
• Providing traffic and sequencing for construction
• Installing erosion and sediment controls

The Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded the project to design-build contractor, American Infrastructure - VA Inc. of Glen Allen in July 2012. The contract execution and notice to proceed were granted at the end of August 2012.

VDOT and design-build contractor American Infrastructure Inc. held a public information meeting to discuss the upcoming project to improve the Interstate 581 and Elm Avenue interchange.The meeting was held on Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Roanoke.

Project Updates

The project flyer provides a more detailed account of the phases/timeline of the project. Please click on the link below to view/download the flyer.

Project Flyer

A new traffic pattern on I-581/Route 220 Expressway was implemented in May 2014.  Please click on the link below to read more about the traffic impacts as part of the traffic pattern change:

For additional traffic alerts issued by VDOT with regards to Elm Avenue or other projects, please visit our traffic alerts page.


Traffic Impacts

As part of the construction project to improve the Interstate 581/Route 220 Expressway interchange at Elm Avenue in Roanoke, drivers traveling in the area will notice new traffic patterns and lane closures on Elm Avenue and Interstate 581.

North and southbound I-581/Route 220 Expressway is reduced to two lanes in each direction. Northbound and southbound I-581 in the area of the interchange may be reduced to one lane between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. for bridge work. Motorists should drive with caution in the area.

Citizens are encouraged to check call 511 or visit for real time traffic information.

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