Under Construction: Interstate 81 Exit 19 in Abingdon (Washington County)


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The Interstate 81 Exit 19 safety improvement project includes 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 will also improve how traffic merges onto southbound I-81. Currently, there are two I-81 on ramps for motorists to access southbound I-81. The on ramp accessed from Route 11 south (toward Damascus) will be removed, and the I-81 southbound on ramp accessed from Route 11 north (toward Abingdon) will remain in place. Additionally, the acceleration lane onto I-81 southbound will be lengthened.

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


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


Major funding source: Federal Funds

Phase: Under Construction

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: Sept. 15, 2021