StarsThe objective of STARS (Strategically Targeted Affordable Roadway Solutions) Program is to develop comprehensive, innovative transportation solutions to relieve congestion bottlenecks and solve critical traffic and safety challenges throughout the commonwealth.

The program, led by the VDOT Transportation and Mobility Planning Division, brings together planners, traffic engineers, safety engineers, roadway design engineers and maintenance specialists, along with local stakeholders, to jointly identify cost-effective measures aimed at improving safety and reducing congestion. This multidiscipline approach, from the inception of the project through the completion, helps to:

  • Develop innovative, cost-effective solutions
  • Evaluate potential solutions more thoroughly
  • Identify potential project risks and costs
  • Build stakeholder consensus
  • Improve readiness for project implementation

VDOT District offices can leverage Statewide Planning and Research funding to help identify, plan, conceptually design, and ultimately program projects that reduce congestion and improve safety. STARS projects typically result in multiple recommended improvements that may be eligible for funding and implementation under maintenance budgets, applications in the SMART SCALE process, applications for the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), State of Good Repair budgets, and/or applications for revenue sharing. 

The STARS project development process was created to provide a continuous pipeline of projects prepared for implementation. Many elements of the process are on an annual cycle; however, the conduct study and design phase will follow an appropriate schedule based on the nature and complexity of each STARS project. Advancement of STARS projects will be tracked as a measure of performance.

Explore STARS Projects

Below is a map showing icons where STARS studies have been conducted. You can read a description of the recommendation by clicking on the icon. The projects with red pins represent ongoing STARS studies and the ones with green pins represented completed STARS studies. 

Recent Corridor Studies (VDOT District)

Listed below are STARS corridor studies conducted all over the state that are currently underway or recently completed under the STARS Program.

  • US 460 Corridor Improvement Study (Bristol) - underway
  • Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) Corridor Improvement Study (Northern Virginia) - underway
  • US 250 (Ivy Road) Corridor Improvement Study (Culpeper) - underway
  • Timberlake Road (US 460 Business) Corridor Improvement Study (Lynchburg) - underway
  • Mercury Boulevard (US 258) Corridor and Pedestrian Improvement Study (Hampton Roads) - underway
  • Route 3 (Plank Road/William Street/Blue and Gray Parkway) Corridor Study (Fredericksburg) - underway
  • US 17 Business (Warrenton Road) Corridor Study (Fredericksburg) - underway
  • Liberia Avenue (Route 4361) Corridor Study (Northern Virginia) - underway
  • Route 55 (John Marshall Hwy) Corridor Improvement Study (Staunton) – underwayI-95/I-64 at Belvidere Street Interchange Modification Study (Richmond) - underway
  • I-95/I-64 at Belvidere Street Interchange Modification Study (Richmond) – underway
  • Candlers Mountain Road Study (Lynchburg) - underway
  • I-81 Exit 17 Interchange Modification Report (Bristol) – underway
  • Fairfax County Parkway Study (Northern Virginia) – underway
  • I-64/Northampton Boulevard Study (Hampton Roads)
  • US 360/Route 288 Study (Richmond)
  • I-95/I-64 Overlap Study (Richmond)
  • I-95 Exit 126 Interchange Modification Report (Fredericksburg)
  • Lynchburg Expressway Study (Lynchburg)
  • Altavista Intersection Alternatives Study (Lynchburg)
  • US 58 Truck Route Alternatives Analysis (Bristol)
  • I-81/I-77 Overlap Transportation Study (Bristol)

Recent Studies followed by Conceptual Design (VDOT District)

Listed below are STARS conceptual design conducted that are currently underway or completed under the STARS Program.

  • I-81/I-581 Auxiliary Lane (Salem) - underway
  • I-264/Ballentine Road Interchange Modification (Hampton Roads) – underway
  • I-81/I-77 Auxiliary Lane (Bristol)

Program Evolution

In 2007, VDOT developed the STARS Program. The goal was to support the development of affordable and short-range projects to address congestion bottlenecks and safety hotspots throughout the state. Recommendations from STARS projects included short- and mid-term operational and safety improvements.

Since 2012, the program has shifted focus to developing projects that can be programmed in the VDOT Six-Year Improvement Program. Adapting to the need to find solutions to more complex congestion and safety challenges, STARS project types have evolved to include corridor studies and conceptual design plans. Transportation improvements identified are still targeting cost effective, innovative, and practical solutions, but also focus on ensuring the longevity of those improvements on the transportation network.


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