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VDOT’s I-81 operational improvements receive national recognition

11 September 2020 News

The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Interstate 81 Corridor Operations Expansion Program won in the Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials regional competition in the Operations Excellence – Small Project category for implementing operational solutions to improve reliability and safety along the corridor. VDOT has also been named a top 12 national finalist in the 13th annual America’s Transportation Awards.

The I-81 Corridor Operations Expansion Program is part of the larger I-81 Corridor Improvement Program, designed to address travel time delay and safety concerns. A 2018 study by VDOT found that 11.7 million trucks transport $312 billion in goods along this corridor each year. There are also more than 2,000 vehicle crashes annually, 26 percent of which involve heavy trucks. The resulting travel delay is unpredictable and impacts both heavy commercial vehicle on-time performance and travel for passenger vehicles. The I-81 Corridor Improvement Program is expected to reduce annual hours of delay by more than 6 million and cut the number of crashes in the corridor by 450 each year.

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