Recently Completed: Interstate 81 Exit 19 in Abingdon (Washington County)


Cost and schedule ►

The Interstate 81 Exit 19 safety improvement project wrapped up in late October 2021. The project included realigning a portion of Empire Drive; widening a curve along the southbound off ramp; and adding traffic signals at the intersection of newly aligned Empire Drive and Route 11, and where Route 11 intersects with the end of the exit 19 southbound ramps.

The project improves how traffic merges onto southbound I-81. 

VDOT awarded the $3.7 million construction project to Boring Contractors, Inc., Abingdon. Work began fall 2020.


The project improves traffic flow and safety at one of southwestern Virginia’s busiest interchanges.


Major funding source: Federal Funds

Phase: Completed

UPC: 109440

State ID: 0081-095-048,P101,R201,C501

Federal ID: NHFP-081-1(344)

Lat/Long: 36.715000, -81.934722

Locality: Washington

Page last modified: March 25, 2023