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I-81 corridor project meeting today

Another meeting for the public to hear more on improvements to the Interstate 81 corridor will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Lord Fairfax Community College.

The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation have called for the second series of meetings as they continue to study the entire length of the Interstate 81 corridor.

The meeting will be held in the Carl and Emily Thompson Conference Center, which is located inside the Corron Community Development Center, said Lindsay LeGrand, spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Transportation. Signs will be out in the parking areas directing people to the meeting.

“We are hoping for a great turnout,”  said Sandy Myers, spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Transportation.

There were two first-round meetings in June in the Staunton district with about 200 people total showing up to offer their input and hear what transportation officials had to say, she said.

About 400 people attended all of the first round meetings along the corridor, Myers said.

These meetings will focus on potential improvements and revenue sources, all gleaned from traffic data and public feedback gathered from the first round of meetings. The group has received about 1,000  pieces of feedback as a result of the first round of meetings, LeGrand said.

There is also a meeting from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Blue Ridge Community College’s Plecker Center for Continuing Education in Weyers Cave.

There will be a final round of meetings at which the group will unveil a recommended package for possible improvements.

The team will make recommendations to the Commonwealth Transportation Board for adoption prior to the opening of the 2019 General Assembly session.

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