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VDOT Cancels I-81 Exit 307 Study

10 September 2018 News

After spending $900,000 on the project, the Virginia Department of Transportation has decided to cancel a study evaluating the interchange at Exit 307 of Interstate 81.

The study was the result of requests from local officials to move the I-81 exit 307 interchange further south as a means of reducing congestion. VDOT allocated a sum of $1.3 million for the study in 2012, and it began two years later in 2014. Work included an environmental assessment, research to identify transportation needs, and a geometric study of the road’s position and surrounding physical elements. However, the project has now been quashed amidst revelations that it will undoubtedly cost more than its $1.3 million price tag. VDOT spokesperson Sandy Myers was quoted as saying that the study has been left incomplete, and that the department has no report to share with the public as a result.

Myers said the remaining $400,000 that had been allocated to the project could possibly be used by the Winchester-Frederick County Metropolitan Planning Organization on other road projects. Frederick County Assistant Planning Director John Bishop said that despite the discontinued funding, the county will continue to bring the Exit 307 issue up with the Commonwealth Transportation Board.

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