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Re: Virginia plans to toll I-81
« Reply #350 on: July 28, 2019, 10:51:51 PM »

^ Did you not read upthread?  There was plenty of discussion about why I-81 "needed tolls" and what the General Assembly did instead...
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Re: Virginia plans to toll I-81
« Reply #351 on: July 28, 2019, 10:55:13 PM »

^ Did you not read upthread?  There was plenty of discussion about why I-81 "needed tolls" and what the General Assembly did instead...

So, that means this thread is probably going to die? Or should I put more discussion on I-81 about this?
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Re: Virginia plans to toll I-81
« Reply #352 on: July 28, 2019, 10:58:56 PM »

It means you should try reading the threads before commenting.
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Re: Virginia plans to toll I-81
« Reply #353 on: July 28, 2019, 11:20:24 PM »

It means you should try reading the threads before commenting.
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Re: Virginia plans to toll I-81
« Reply #354 on: July 28, 2019, 11:28:02 PM »

^ Did you not read upthread?  There was plenty of discussion about why I-81 "needed tolls" and what the General Assembly did instead...

So, that means this thread is probably going to die? Or should I put more discussion on I-81 about this?
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Re: Virginia plans to toll I-81
« Reply #355 on: July 28, 2019, 11:33:10 PM »

^ Did you not read upthread?  There was plenty of discussion about why I-81 "needed tolls" and what the General Assembly did instead...

So, that means this thread is probably going to die? Or should I put more discussion on I-81 about this?
If you don't have something to add, don't comment.

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Re: VA I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan
« Reply #356 on: July 27, 2020, 04:30:38 PM »

Reviving this thread... might be best to update the title to "I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan" or the like, since the tolling proposal is officially dead.

VDOT Launches New Website Supporting I-81 Corridor Improvements
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RICHMOND, Va. – As part of Virginia’s $2 billion Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Program, the Virginia Department of Transportation has launched a new website detailing projects that are underway and planned.  As most jurisdictions in the Commonwealth have entered Phase Three of the “Forward Virginia” plan for easing health restrictions due to the coronavirus, traffic volume is beginning to increase on our roadways.  Transportation planners and the traveling public can find information on Interstate 81 (I-81) projects at Improve81.org.  The website offers information on 64 funded operational and capital improvement projects that are expected to result in 450 fewer crashes and 6 million fewer hours of delay each year. Improvements include traffic cameras and changeable message signs, lane extensions and curve improvements, as well as adding or widening lanes in some sections of the corridor.

The website contains a number of useful features, including:

* An interactive map with detailed project information, including locations and construction timelines
* I-81 Committee agendas and meeting minutes
* Planning documents, financial reports, and related transportation studies
Opportunities to provide input, interact on social media, and subscribe to the project’s e-newsletter

“This is a one-stop-shop for information about I-81,” said I-81 Program Delivery Director David Covington, P.E. “If you want to know the who, what, where, when, why and how – this is the site to visit.”

Historic legislation passed by the Virginia General Assembly in 2019 secured dedicated funding for the 325-mile Virginia I-81 corridor. Funded projects were identified under a data-driven study conducted in 2018. The study resulted in a list of $4.2 billion in potential projects included in a report to the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB). Project priorities are reviewed by the I-81 Advisory Committee, who provide advice and recommendations to the CTB regarding implementation of the I-81 Corridor Improvement Program.

Completion of the current 64-project list will take approximately 13 years. The goal of I-81 Corridor Improvement Program is to improve travel times, increase safety, and encourage economic development.
Most of the widening projects, particularly portions between Christiansburg and Roanoke, aren't supposed to start for several years. Portions around Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Winchester will start in the next 5 years.

Still a very incomplete plan that pushes off the long term need to widen the entire corridor to 6 lanes. Notably the many areas where only -one- direction will be widened to 3 lanes, like near Bristol, Roanoke, Winchester, and a few other areas, leaving the other direction with still 2 lanes. If you aren't going to widen hundreds of miles of interstate immediately, at least widen the segments that are proposed in both directions, not just one.
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Re: Virginia plans to toll I-81
« Reply #357 on: July 27, 2020, 04:42:57 PM »

Reviving this thread... might be best to update the title to "I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan" or the like, since the tolling proposal is officially dead.

....

You can always change the title in your reply so that when people see the list of recent posts, it'll show that title. Future replies to you would then use your title.
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Re: VA I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan
« Reply #358 on: July 27, 2020, 04:45:09 PM »

I just changed the title as sprjus4 suggested.  It is now "VA I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan".  -Mark
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Re: VA I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan
« Reply #359 on: July 27, 2020, 06:47:01 PM »

Reviving this thread... might be best to update the title to "I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan" or the like, since the tolling proposal is officially dead.

VDOT Launches New Website Supporting I-81 Corridor Improvements
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RICHMOND, Va. – As part of Virginia’s $2 billion Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Program, the Virginia Department of Transportation has launched a new website detailing projects that are underway and planned.  As most jurisdictions in the Commonwealth have entered Phase Three of the “Forward Virginia” plan for easing health restrictions due to the coronavirus, traffic volume is beginning to increase on our roadways.  Transportation planners and the traveling public can find information on Interstate 81 (I-81) projects at Improve81.org.  The website offers information on 64 funded operational and capital improvement projects that are expected to result in 450 fewer crashes and 6 million fewer hours of delay each year. Improvements include traffic cameras and changeable message signs, lane extensions and curve improvements, as well as adding or widening lanes in some sections of the corridor.

The website contains a number of useful features, including:

* An interactive map with detailed project information, including locations and construction timelines
* I-81 Committee agendas and meeting minutes
* Planning documents, financial reports, and related transportation studies
Opportunities to provide input, interact on social media, and subscribe to the project’s e-newsletter

“This is a one-stop-shop for information about I-81,” said I-81 Program Delivery Director David Covington, P.E. “If you want to know the who, what, where, when, why and how – this is the site to visit.”

Historic legislation passed by the Virginia General Assembly in 2019 secured dedicated funding for the 325-mile Virginia I-81 corridor. Funded projects were identified under a data-driven study conducted in 2018. The study resulted in a list of $4.2 billion in potential projects included in a report to the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB). Project priorities are reviewed by the I-81 Advisory Committee, who provide advice and recommendations to the CTB regarding implementation of the I-81 Corridor Improvement Program.

Completion of the current 64-project list will take approximately 13 years. The goal of I-81 Corridor Improvement Program is to improve travel times, increase safety, and encourage economic development.
Most of the widening projects, particularly portions between Christiansburg and Roanoke, aren't supposed to start for several years. Portions around Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Winchester will start in the next 5 years.

Still a very incomplete plan that pushes off the long term need to widen the entire corridor to 6 lanes. Notably the many areas where only -one- direction will be widened to 3 lanes, like near Bristol, Roanoke, Winchester, and a few other areas, leaving the other direction with still 2 lanes. If you aren't going to widen hundreds of miles of interstate immediately, at least widen the segments that are proposed in both directions, not just one.

Actually, I'd widen the uphill sections to three lanes uphill/two lanes downhill before I'd widen both sides in a given location. The biggest issue I've noticed on I-81 is the micropassing trucks on the grades.
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Re: VA I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan
« Reply #360 on: July 27, 2020, 09:43:36 PM »

Reviving this thread... might be best to update the title to "I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan" or the like, since the tolling proposal is officially dead.

VDOT Launches New Website Supporting I-81 Corridor Improvements
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RICHMOND, Va. – As part of Virginia’s $2 billion Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Program, the Virginia Department of Transportation has launched a new website detailing projects that are underway and planned.  As most jurisdictions in the Commonwealth have entered Phase Three of the “Forward Virginia” plan for easing health restrictions due to the coronavirus, traffic volume is beginning to increase on our roadways.  Transportation planners and the traveling public can find information on Interstate 81 (I-81) projects at Improve81.org.  The website offers information on 64 funded operational and capital improvement projects that are expected to result in 450 fewer crashes and 6 million fewer hours of delay each year. Improvements include traffic cameras and changeable message signs, lane extensions and curve improvements, as well as adding or widening lanes in some sections of the corridor.

The website contains a number of useful features, including:

* An interactive map with detailed project information, including locations and construction timelines
* I-81 Committee agendas and meeting minutes
* Planning documents, financial reports, and related transportation studies
Opportunities to provide input, interact on social media, and subscribe to the project’s e-newsletter

“This is a one-stop-shop for information about I-81,” said I-81 Program Delivery Director David Covington, P.E. “If you want to know the who, what, where, when, why and how – this is the site to visit.”

Historic legislation passed by the Virginia General Assembly in 2019 secured dedicated funding for the 325-mile Virginia I-81 corridor. Funded projects were identified under a data-driven study conducted in 2018. The study resulted in a list of $4.2 billion in potential projects included in a report to the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB). Project priorities are reviewed by the I-81 Advisory Committee, who provide advice and recommendations to the CTB regarding implementation of the I-81 Corridor Improvement Program.

Completion of the current 64-project list will take approximately 13 years. The goal of I-81 Corridor Improvement Program is to improve travel times, increase safety, and encourage economic development.
Most of the widening projects, particularly portions between Christiansburg and Roanoke, aren't supposed to start for several years. Portions around Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Winchester will start in the next 5 years.

Still a very incomplete plan that pushes off the long term need to widen the entire corridor to 6 lanes. Notably the many areas where only -one- direction will be widened to 3 lanes, like near Bristol, Roanoke, Winchester, and a few other areas, leaving the other direction with still 2 lanes. If you aren't going to widen hundreds of miles of interstate immediately, at least widen the segments that are proposed in both directions, not just one.
^Agreed. I-81 from Exit 118 to Exit 150 needs 3 lanes in both directions period. Why the Roanoke area improvements, on arguably the worst stretch of I-81 in the entire state, are still at least another decade away blows my mind. Not sure why they decided to leave out widening I-81 through the I-581 interchange and southbound from Exit 137 to Exit 128. Seems like an inconsistant 3rd lane through here will only cause more problems. Also while the study recommended $4.2 billion in potential projects, I'm pretty sure if my memory serves me correctly, that these planned improvements are only costing around $2.1 billion. Would love to see the other half get funded, although I'm sure the people of western Virginia would be against an additional tax hike in order to do so.

Finally somewhat related, I was disappointed to learn that a new interchnage isn't planned for the new Tevis street overpass in Winchester. Seemed to me like a great opportunity to provide better connectivity to the Apple Blossom commercial area and at least partially relieve the popular and in my experiences often times congested, Exit 313 (new bridge for Exit 313 planned for 2023).
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Re: VA I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan
« Reply #361 on: July 27, 2020, 09:48:53 PM »

Actually, I'd widen the uphill sections to three lanes uphill/two lanes downhill before I'd widen both sides in a given location. The biggest issue I've noticed on I-81 is the micropassing trucks on the grades.

Any notable hilly portions of I-81 where there aren't planned truck climbing lanes but probably should've been?
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Re: VA I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan
« Reply #362 on: July 27, 2020, 10:30:03 PM »

Are tolls still being considered? (Noting http://improve81.org/resources-and-documents/easset-upload-file70998-154776-e.pdf has tolling listed as a potential financing option.)
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Re: VA I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan
« Reply #363 on: July 27, 2020, 11:26:18 PM »

Are tolls still being considered? (Noting http://improve81.org/resources-and-documents/easset-upload-file70998-154776-e.pdf has tolling listed as a potential financing option.)
That’s an old 2018 report, the decision to eliminate tolls came after that when new tax increases were approved in early 2019 to fund improvements.
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Re: VA I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan
« Reply #364 on: July 28, 2020, 08:52:39 AM »

...and yet the VA Governor raised the Gas tax 5 cents along the I-81 Corridor to pay for these improvements and the General Assembly raised the Gas tax state wide 13 cents to get the ball rolling and all of us have seen are some acceleration/deceleration lane modifications. Just where is the money going?
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Re: VA I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan
« Reply #365 on: July 28, 2020, 10:08:38 AM »

...and yet the VA Governor raised the Gas tax 5 cents along the I-81 Corridor to pay for these improvements and the General Assembly raised the Gas tax state wide 13 cents to get the ball rolling and all of us have seen are some acceleration/deceleration lane modifications. Just where is the money going?
The overall plan is $2.2 billion and won’t be completed until around 2030. The major improvements include around 50 miles of 6 lane widening.

The statewide gas tax is to fund improvements along other interstates, particularly I-64 and I-95. I-95 likely won’t see any general purpose widening since the state and Transurban refuse, though I-64 will likely be expanded to 6 lanes between Richmond and Williamsburg.
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Re: VA I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan
« Reply #366 on: July 28, 2020, 01:16:46 PM »

...and yet the VA Governor raised the Gas tax 5 cents along the I-81 Corridor to pay for these improvements and the General Assembly raised the Gas tax state wide 13 cents to get the ball rolling and all of us have seen are some acceleration/deceleration lane modifications. Just where is the money going?
The overall plan is $2.2 billion and won’t be completed until around 2030. The major improvements include around 50 miles of 6 lane widening.

The statewide gas tax is to fund improvements along other interstates, particularly I-64 and I-95. I-95 likely won’t see any general purpose widening since the state and Transurban refuse, though I-64 will likely be expanded to 6 lanes between Richmond and Williamsburg.

My impression was that the bulk of the tax money was to go towards improvements on the Amtrak Northeast corridor from Richmond to DC, including a new crossing of the Potomac.
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Re: VA I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan
« Reply #367 on: July 28, 2020, 01:37:45 PM »

...and yet the VA Governor raised the Gas tax 5 cents along the I-81 Corridor to pay for these improvements and the General Assembly raised the Gas tax state wide 13 cents to get the ball rolling and all of us have seen are some acceleration/deceleration lane modifications. Just where is the money going?
The overall plan is $2.2 billion and won’t be completed until around 2030. The major improvements include around 50 miles of 6 lane widening.

The statewide gas tax is to fund improvements along other interstates, particularly I-64 and I-95. I-95 likely won’t see any general purpose widening since the state and Transurban refuse, though I-64 will likely be expanded to 6 lanes between Richmond and Williamsburg.

My impression was that the bulk of the tax money was to go towards improvements on the Amtrak Northeast corridor from Richmond to DC, including a new crossing of the Potomac.
I believe so, though I do know a certain portion was to be allocated toward I-64, I-81, and I-95.

Perhaps in the future we could see money allocated toward new corridors such as I-73.
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