VDOT holds public meeting to discuss I-81 auxiliary lane project

The Virginia Department of Transportation is holding a meeting Tuesday night at Northside High School to get public input on new auxiliary lanes coming to I-81.

This expansion would be between exits 141 and 143, between Roanoke and Salem. The plans are to add a lane to both the north and southbound sides, and possibly add some sound walls as well. VDOT representatives say anywhere from 63,000 to 70,000 cars travel on this two mile stretch each day.

VDOT has $62 million to put towards this project, and they say they want the public to weigh in on the project.

"[The meeting] is all about introducing this proposal, talking about the design of the project, and getting feedback and comments and suggestions from the public. So we want them to come out and tell us what they think," says VDOT representative Jen Ward.

The Design and Public hearing will be from 4:30 to 6:30 after school and is open to the public.


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