Under Construction: Interstate 81 Staunton-Area Widening (Exit 221 to Exit 225)
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Traffic alerts ►
Interstate 81 northbound and southbound lane closures are scheduled during overnight hours through July 2023 for geotechnical work. Daytime shoulder closures are also possible. At times, this work may require overnight closures of the I-81 on-ramps from Route 250 or Route 262.
I-81 will maintain two lanes of traffic in each direction during most phases of this project. There may be occasional lane closures, usually during overnight hours, to accomplish certain types of work such as setting bridge beams or paving.
Traffic updates are available here and on the VDOT website under Travel Center, Travel advisories and lane closures. Click on the area of the state you are interested in, and view current travel advisories and lane closures. Click here to go to 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
The VDOT Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton.
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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:
- Addition of one lane in the northbound direction of I-81 from the Route 250 (Jefferson Highway) on-ramp at exit 222 to the Route 262 (Woodrow Wilson Parkway) off-ramp at exit 225.
- Addition of one lane in the southbound direction of I-81 from Route 262 south at exit 225 to approximately 1,200 feet south of the I-81 bridge over the I-81 southbound / I-64 eastbound ramp.
- Widen, replace and/or repair deficient elements of existing bridges within the project limits.
- Make sensible use of existing pavement and rights-of-way to accomplish the capacity improvements.
- Maintain or enhance operational safety through improvements to signs and pavement markings.
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.
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
State ID: 0081-007-013, P101, R201, C501, B638, B639, B640, B641, B642, D602, D603
Lat/Long: 38.13502, -79.02662