NEW: VDOT To Hold Hearing On 6-Year Plan

Posted: April 24, 2014

Daily News-Record

The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Staunton District will host a public hearing on its six-year improvement plan at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The hearing will be held at Rockingham County Administration Center, 20 E. Gay St., Harrisonburg.

One item likely to be discussed is what to do about the I-81 interchange at Port Republic Road, Exit 245, where traffic frequently backs up because of its proximity to James Madison University.

Expected to be in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting are Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne and members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board.

Kevin McDermott, transportation planner for the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission, has said he plans to let the CTB know the interchange is a local priority.

The CTB will decide funding for the six-year improvement plan in June. The plan allocates funding to essential highway, bridge, rail, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects across the state over the next six fiscal years beginning July 1.

The program is updated each year to reflect latest revenue projections and other priorities.

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