Notice of Design Public Hearing for I-81 Northbound & Southbound Auxiliary Lane Project

Design Public Hearing
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Inclement Weather Date:
Tuesday, November 21,2017, 4:30 -6:30 p.m.
Northside High School
6758 Northside High School Road
Roanoke, VA 24019

Find out about a project to add an additional lane along northbound and southbound 1-81 between exit 141 (Salem) and exit 143 (Roanoke) in Roanoke County. Adding a two-mile auxiliary lane in both directions will alleviate congestion and provide for safer traffic movements at these exits. As part of the project, sound walls will be considered along northbound 1-81.

The hearing will be held in an “open-house” format and VDOT representatives will be present to answer questions.

Review the project information and the National Environmental Policy Act document in the form of a Categorical Exclusion at the public hearing or after the hearing at VDOT’s Salem District Office located at 731 Harrison Ave, Salem VA, (540) 387-5353, (800) 367-7623, TTY/TDD 711. Please call ahead to ensure the availability of appropriate personnel to answer your questions.

Property impact information, relocation assistance policies and tentative construction schedules are available for your review at the above address and will be available at the public hearing.

Give your written or oral comments at the hearing or submit them by November 24, 2017, to Mr. Kelly Dunn, P .E., Project Manager, 731 Harrison Avenue, Salem, VA 24153. Comments also can be emailed to Please reference “1-81 Auxiliary Lanes – Roanoke
County” in the subject heading.

VDOT ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you need more information in regards to your civil rights on this project or need special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact Kelly Dunn at the phone numbers listed above.

Bike to Work Day!

The Regional Commission Bike Room recently got a facelift. A cleanup and a little paint transformed it from a dank and scary closet into a bright and spacious room. The six (of thirteen) employees who sometimes bike celebrated the improved Bike Room by all biking on the same day! Before the renovation, this would have been a problem– the Bike Room didn’t hold six bicycles.

Before work began, the bike room shared space with janitorial and other supplies.

RIDE Solutions staff Tim and Jeremy painted and laid tile. Renovation cost: $0! They selected paint and tiles from what they had on hand.

The maximum capacity before renovation was 4 bikes. The capacity after is 6 bikes and room to spare!

The parking lot is normally full, unless we’re all at a meeting. Today is was empty– but we were all here!

All 6 bikes in 1 parking space

Each bike in its own parking space