Under Construction: Interstate 81 Staunton-Area Widening (Exit 221 to Exit 225)

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The purpose of this project is to address existing and future capacity needs along I-81 northbound and southbound between mile marker 221.45 and 225.6 in Augusta County near Staunton. The project maintains roadway and bridge safety features, improves operational safety by adding I-81 capacity, improves travel reliability for the public, limits impacts to existing access ramps, and repairs or replaces deficient bridge components within the project.

Specific improvements include:

This project is part of the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Program (CIP), which aims to improve safety, increase reliability and foster economic growth along the 325-mile corridor. The Commonwealth Transportation Board approved the I-81 CIP in December 2018. The $2 billion package of targeted improvements was funded by the Virginia General Assembly and signed into law in spring 2019. More information about the program is available at Improve81.org.


This project improves safety and reliability on Interstate 81 in the Staunton area by providing an additional travel lane in each direction.

Major Milestones 

The I-81 Staunton-area widening is proposed as a design-build project under the following schedule:

Request for Qualifications – Summer 2022

Request for Proposals – Winter 2022

Awarding of Design-Build Contractor – Spring 2023


Major funding source: I-81 Corridor Improvement Program

UPC: 116269

State ID: 0081-007-013, P101, R201, C501, B638, B639, B640, B641, B642, D602, D603

Lat/Long: 38.13502, -79.02662

Locality: Augusta

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Page last modified: June 30, 2023