I-81 Advisory Committee Hosts Second Meeting in Natural Bridge
AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The future of the Interstate 81 corridor is coming into focus. The I-81 Advisory Committee held a meeting in Natural Bridge on Tuesday.
Right now, VDOT is proposing 64 different projects with a price tag of $2 billion. Some projects for the Staunton-Augusta area are proposed to begin construction in 2023.
They include widening four miles of I-81 between Staunton and Verona, and the addition of truck climbing lanes in Weyers Cave.
"This is a very fluid process that we're working through and we're very early on in the process. Things are gonna change. It's a difficult job but I've personally waited 23 years for my career to get a shot at doing this. It's been a long time coming,” said VDOT Chief Engineer Bart Thrasher.
The committee is tasked with providing advice and making recommendations to the Commonwealth Transportation Board. It’s expected to meet again in March.