Under Construction: Rockbridge County - Route 606 (Raphine Road) at I-81 Exit 205 Improvements
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Traffic alerts ►
Temporary concrete barriers are in place on the I-81 northbound ramps at exit 205. The ramp shoulders are closed 24/7. There may be occasional ramp closures as needed.
Route 606 drivers should be alert for occasional flagger traffic control in area of I-81 ramps for utility work during daylight or overnight hours.
Traffic alerts can also be found 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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Design Public Hearing
Thursday, February 21, 2019
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Raphine Volunteer Fire Company
2130 Raphine Road
Raphine VA 24472
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 was selected for funding under SMART SCALE, the new prioritization process as outlined in House Bill Two. Click here for more information on the prioritization process.
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.
Project plan approval: Spring 2019
Right of Way acquisition: Late 2019
Construction advertisement: Spring 2021