Coming Soon: Interstate 81 Exit 17 Interchange Improvements (Washington County)
The proposed Interstate 81 Exit 17 improvement project in the Abingdon area of Washington County includes improvements to the Exit 17 northbound on and off ramps, improvements to a segment of Route 75, reconstruction and relocation of Gravel Lake Road, and relocation of the frontage road located adjacent to the northbound exit 17 off ramp (Commerce Drive).
As part of the Interstate 81 Improvement Program, extension of the southbound acceleration lane at exit 17 was bundled with the exit 17 Smart SCALE-funded project described above. Smart SCALE is a statewide prioritization process used to objectively select transportation projects to be funded.
The project is valued at $35 million ($32 million Smart SCALE and approximately $3 million I-81 Improvement Program).
The project will be put out for bids in September 2020 and construction will begin in early 2021. The completion of all work at exit 17 is anticipated to be fall 2022, with the southbound work that is part of the I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan wrapping up first in summer 2021.
The purpose of the project is to improve traffic flow on Route 75 beneath I-81 and to improve safety on I-81 by giving more space for traffic to queue on the northbound off ramp.
Ron Flanary, Project Manager
Other relevant links:
I-81 Improvement Program project info at Improve81.org
Major funding source: Federal Funds
Phase: Coming Soon
State ID: 0081-M02-001,P101,R201,C501,B601
Federal ID: NHPP-961-1(099)
Lat/Long: 36.699167, -81.974444