In Design: Interstate 81 Southwest Virginia Truck Climbing Lanes

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A project to improve traffic flow by adding truck climbing lanes at three locations along Interstate 81 in southwest Virginia is currently being designed. The planned truck climbing lanes would be located northbound at mile marker 32.4 in the Glade Spring area of Washington County, northbound at mile marker 39.5 in the Seven Mile Ford area of Smyth County, and southbound at mile marker 34 in Washington County near Chilhowie.

VDOT held a virtual design public meeting for the project in April 2021.


The project is funded through the I-81 Corridor Improvement Program and will improve traffic flow by providing truck climbing lanes on steep grades at three locations on I-81 in southwest Virginia. 


Contact Info:

James "Jim" Jones, Project Manager

Major funding source: Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Program funds

Phase: In Design

UPC: 116156, 116157, 116172

State ID: 0081-095-829, C501,P101,R201; 0081-086-830,C501,P101,R201; 0081-095-095,C501,P101,R201

Lat/Long: 36.788611, -81.706944

Locality: Smyth and Washington

Page last modified: Feb. 24, 2022