Recently Completed: Rockbridge County - Route 606 (Raphine Road) at I-81 Exit 205 Improvements

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This project is intended to reduce existing traffic congestion and increase safety at the interchange of Route 606 (Raphine Road) and Interstate 81 at Exit 205 (Raphine/Steeles Tavern) in Rockbridge County. There are several travel centers and other businesses in the vicinity of this interchange  

The proposed plans include improvements to the roadway shoulders, intersections and turn lanes associated with the I-81 on- and off-ramps at exit 205. The I-81 northbound and southbound off-ramps will be widened and will have separate right and left turn lanes onto Route 606. These improvements are funded by the SMART SCALE program.

This project also includes extensions of the northbound and southbound acceleration lanes onto I-81. These upgrades, funded by the I-81 Corridor Improvement Program, will improve safety and traffic operations by allowing vehicles to more effectively accelerate with interstate traffic.

This project does not include replacement of the I-81 northbound and southbound bridges over Route 606.

In 2018 Route 606 had an average daily traffic count of 5,650 vehicles. By the design year of 2043 the estimated average daily traffic volume is 7,040 vehicles. In 2018 the Interstate 81 northbound and southbound off-ramps had an average daily traffic count of 3,010 and 3,120 vehicles, respectively. By the design year of 2043 the estimated average daily traffic volume is 3,750 and 3,890 vehicles.

The total estimated cost for the Route 606 portion of the project is $2.4 million, including $250,000 for preliminary engineering, $800,000 for right of way and $1.4 million for construction.


This project will make numerous intersection improvements at the Route 606/I-81 exit 205, which will reduce congestion in the area of this congested interchange.

Major Milestones 

Project plan approval: Spring 2019
Right of Way acquisition: Late 2019
Construction advertisement: Spring 2021


Contact Info:

Jamie Robertson

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UPC: 109370

State ID: 0606-081-815, P101, R201, M501

Federal ID: STP-081-8(048)

Lat/Long: 37.931731, -79.229071

Locality: Rockbridge

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Final paving on southbound I-81 on-ramp extension (I-81 CIP-funded improvement) - August 2022
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Northbound I-81 on-ramp extension (I-81 CIP-funded improvement) - June 2022
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Southbound I-81 off-ramp widening work (SMART SCALE-funded improvement) - November 2021
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Stormwater drainage improvement work - November 2021
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Public Hearing Display
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