In Design: Augusta County – Interstate 81 Southbound Auxiliary Lane and Route 635 Bridge Replacement
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Traffic alerts ►
Part of Route 635 will be closed for about 18 months during replacement of the bridge over I-81. Route 635 traffic will follow a roughly 13-mile detour. VDOT will provide details about the closure and detour as the start of construction approaches.
Most construction along I-81 will take place behind concrete barriers. Occasional lane closures are possible during certain phases of the project.
Once construction begins, traffic alerts can also be found on the VDOT website under 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.
Public outreach ►
VDOT anticipates hosting a Virtual Public Hearing on this project in early summer 2021.
This project provides an auxiliary southbound travel lane on Interstate 81 between exit 221 and exit 220 in Augusta County. The project will construct the lane between the I-81 southbound on ramp from westbound I-64 at exit 221 and the I-81 southbound off ramp to Route 262 (Woodrow Wilson Parkway) at exit 220. This work essentially connects the two ramps and creates an additional lane and provides additional space for merging traffic from I-64 to I-81.
The existing Route 635 bridge piers do not allow adequate room for the additional lane and shoulder, or for any future widening of I-81. The new bridge will be built in the same location to reduce project cost and duration. Part of Route 635 will be closed for about 18 months during construction. Route 635 traffic will follow a roughly 13-mile detour.
The total estimated cost for this project is $14,326,755 including $1,110,000 for preliminary engineering, $596,915 for right of way and $12,619,840 for construction.
This project receives funding through the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Program. Details about the program are at Improve81.org.
The I-81 auxiliary lane will enhance safety and reduce congestion by allowing drivers additional time to speed up or slow down when merging on or off the interstate.
Project Design and Engineering: Fall 2020 – Summer 2022
Right of Way: Summer 2022
Construction advertisement: Early 2023