VDOT Releases 6-Year Plan For Southwest Virginia


VDOT has released its six-year draft for Southwest Virginia and, thanks to the transportation bill, some new projects are getting much-needed funding.

Here are some of the highlights of the plan:

VDOT would get more than $47 million over six years for paving projects on interstates and primary roads.

The agency would also get the needed money to replace the I-81 northbound bridge over the New River.

The total cost for that project is estimated at $78.1 million. However, that project is still several years away.

As for something we could see much quicker, $6.5 million will be set aside to adjust speed limits on I-77 over Fancy Gap Mountain in Carroll County based on weather.

Drivers have been calling for changes to I-77 after heavy fog helped cause a 95-car pile-up on Easter Sunday.

Bidding on that project could begin within the next few months.

VDOT would also get an additional $2.8 million to move along an improvement project in Montgomery County for the Ironto/Elliston Connector.

Since this is just a draft, VDOT is looking for public input. The agency will hold a public hearing June 4 at 6 p.m. at Northside High School in Roanoke County.

The final plan will be adopted before July 1.

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