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Next round of meetings for I-81 corridor improvement announced

A transportation coalition has called for the second round of meetings for the public to hear more about improvements to the Interstate 81 corridor.

The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation continue to study the entire length of the I-81 corridor under legislation passed earlier this year.

The study team has scheduled the second series of meetings that will focus on potential improvements and revenue sources, all gleaned from traffic data and public feedback gathered from the first round of meetings in which there were about 950 pieces of feedback, said Lindsay LeGrand,  a VDOT spokesperson.

Presentations will be held at the beginning of each meeting at 4 p.m. followed by an open house through 7 p.m., which will allow attendees to speak one-on-one with study team members, ask questions and provide written and verbal comments, according to a statement from the department.

In this area, the meeting is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown.

There is also a meeting scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Plecker Center for Continuing Education at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave, according to a prepared statement from the department.

The department aims to have project documents on its website, va8corridor.org, by Aug. 10 so that people can preview to prepare for the second meeting. Anyone interested can go to va81corridor.org.

The continued feedback from residents, industries, and other stakeholders will be considered as team members continue the study of the corridor throughout the summer.

There will be a final round of meetings when the group will unveil a recommended package for possible improvements, LeGrand said.

The team will make recommendations to the Commonwealth Transportation Board prior to the opening of the 2019 General Assembly session, according to the statement.

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