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Frederick Co. Officials Worried After I-81 Study Reveal

23 October 2018 Winchester Frederick County News


Frederick County officials are expressing worries that the county may not receive the improvements to I-81 that it needs.

The concerns voiced this Monday (10/22/18) come after last week, when a team composed of three different state organizations–The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation–released the results of study into reducing congestion and accidents along I-81. The team identified 105 projects for the interstate in all, but due to budget restrictions will only be able to get 72 of these funded in the near future. Of those projects, 24 are based in the VDOT Staunton District that contains the Winchester region.

The Frederick County Transportation Committee expressed disappointment Monday that these initial projects that may receive funding in the next few years do not include road widening and the installation of auxiliary lanes from exits 313 to 317.  Assistant County Planning Director John Bishop was quoted as saying that by the time these Frederick County additions get funded, which VDOT hopes will happen by 2060, “transportation needs may drastically change.” He has said that he will draft a resolution for Board of Supervisors approval that articulates what I-81 improvements the county would like to see.

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