Frederick County - I-81 Exit 310 at Route 37 (Kernstown Interchange)
|Interchange Modification Project|
Project at a Glance
CTB Awarded Contract on February 18, 2015
Est Completion Date
Construction contract value is $24,967,843
Lengths and Limits
1.06-miles long; From: 0.54 miles South of Route 37
General Excavation Inc. (GEI) of Warrenton, Va.
Robert Good, P.E.
This project will reconstruct the interchange ramps on Interstate 81, exit 310, at Route 37 (south) in Frederick County. The interchange configuration will feature a “spread diamond” interchange, which will widen and spread the ramps outward from their current intersections with Route 37. This design provides additional turn storage and adds dual left- and right-turn movements to move traffic more efficiently.
The interchange is being designed with future “scalability”, which can accommodate changes in traffic patterns and traffic volumes. The design can accommodate future conversion of the interchange to a partial cloverleaf, a full cloverleaf with collector-distributor lanes, or a multi-level semi-directional interchange. As part of the design contract, the consultant will produce preliminary designs for the final interchange configuration, ensuring that the spread diamond design accommodates and facilitates future phases, as neighboring development and traffic patterns demand more of the interchange.
The final build-out of the interchange will be done in several future phases. In association with the interchange improvements, the Crosspointe developer will continue the extension of Route 37 east of I-81 and build it as part of their construction site. The Federal Highway Administration approved the Interchange Modification Request (IMR), on April 18, 2007. The IMR consists of a three-phase approach to improving the interchange.
Phase one includes the design for the spread diamond configuration, right of way acquisition, utility relocations and construction of the spread diamond interchange. Relocation of Tasker Road and Hillandale Lane to the east is included in the project, to include temporary ramps from Route 37 to Tasker (the ramps will be removed when Route 37 is extended to the east to future Warrior Drive).
Future phase two may include a partial cloverleaf loop and/or widening of the Route 37 bridge over I-81. All phase two work depends on future traffic demand and available transportation funding. Future phase three may be the completion of cloverleaf or flyover ramps. The cloverleaf option may also include collector distributor lanes. Collector distributor lanes run parallel to the interstate roadway, taking traffic of the mainline a mile to half mile prior to the interchange ramps. All phase three work depends on future traffic demand and available transportation funding.
On Interstate 81 in 2015 traffic counts for this location are projected to be 57,270 south of Route 37 and 51,189 north of Route 37. In 2035 traffic counts for this location are projected to be 85,100 southbound, south of Route 37 and 76,064 northbound, north of Route 37.
Construction Advertisement – October 2014
Begin construction – April 2015
Media and Public Events
Location and Design Public Hearing
Thursday, May 24, 2012, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Robert E. Aylor Middle School
901 Aylor Road
Stephens City, Virginia 22655
The project will help alleviate tight turning maneuvers currently being experienced by drivers at this interchange ramps and on Route 37 and U.S. Route 11. The design will allow more lane capacity, including many dual-left turns, to accommodate more vehicles waiting to make a left-turn onto Route 37 and the I-81 ramps.
A series of traffic-pattern changes are scheduled for Interstate 81, Route 37 and Route 11 in Frederick County. They include new northbound I-81 on- and off-ramps at exit 310, and a new ramp between northbound Route 37 and Route 11. Two new traffic signals will be activated at these locations.
Both new signals are scheduled to go into flash mode on Wednesday, November 16. The traffic light at Route 37 and northbound I-81 is scheduled to begin full operation on the evening of Monday, November 28, when the new on- and off-ramps open to traffic. The signal at the Route 37/11 interchange is scheduled to become fully operational on Wednesday, November 30, when the new off-ramp is complete.
Other traffic information is below:
Mile marker 309 to 311, northbound and southbound – Right and left shoulders closed 24/7. Speed limit 60 mph through work zone. Motorists should be alert for trucks entering and exiting work zone. Estimated project completion May 2017.
Route 37 at I-81 Exit 310 (Kernstown Interchange), northbound and southbound – The speed limit on Route 37 is reduced to 35 miles per hours through the work zone. The newly built portion of Route 37 is now open. Motorists should be alert for traffic pattern changes at intersection with Route 642 (Tasker Road).
Route 642 (Tasker Road, Kernstown Interchange) – The speed limit on Route 642 is 45 miles per hour through the work zone. The newly built portion of Route 642 is now open. Motorists should be alert for traffic pattern changes at intersection with Route 37 and Route 847 (Hillandale).
Route 847 (Hillandale Lane, Kernstown Interchange) The newly built portion of Route 847 is now open. Motorists should be alert for traffic pattern changes at intersection with Route 37 and Route 642 (Tasker Road).
Contruction of other phases of the project continues.
Traffic alerts can also be found on the VDOT website under Travel Center, Travel advisories and lane closures. Click on the area of the state you are interested in, and view current travel advisories and lane closures. Click here to go to the Staunton District Travel Center page: Staunton District
Real-time traffic information is available on the VDOT 511Virginia.org website and also by calling 511 on your landline or wireless phone. Click here to go to 511: Virginia 511 Web
State Project: 0081-034-127,P101, R201, C501
Federal Project: NH-081-3(157)