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VDOT Holds Meeting for I-81 Project by Winchester

13 June 2018 News

The Virginia Department of Transportation held a public input meeting at Strasburg High School yesterday.

The purpose of the meeting was to gauge public support for replacing the I-81 bridge on Millwood Pike, just east of Winchester. De-icing has weakened the bridge to the point where VDOT is already constantly repairing holes; to fix this, it’s considering taking on the project as part of the Commonwealth Transportation Board’s Six-Year Improvement Program. The project would make the new bridge one lane wider, and give it a shared-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists; it would be built to last 75 years or more. Anyone who was unable to attend yesterday can still submit their written comments on the project to VDOT until June 22nd.

The total proposed Six-Year Improvement Program includes nearly $52.2 million for 36 new projects, including 10 in the Winchester area that total over $10.5 million. Other local projects include $3 million for drainage improvements along North Cameron Street in Winchester, $1.7 million to improve southbound Valley Pike in the Kernstown area of Frederick County, and over $1 million to widen the shoulders and install rumble strips along Berryville Pike in Clarke County.

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