Route 19 Corridor Study (Washington County)
completed in 2019
Scope of Study/Accomplishments
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) completed a safety study in 2019 of the US Route 19 (Porterfield Highway) in Washington County.
U.S. Route 19, which is listed as a Corridor of Statewide Significance (CoSS) as a part of Virginia's "Southside Corridor", is a heavily traveled “north-south” connection and major commercial corridor that supports Russell, Wise, Dickenson, and Buchanan counties by providing access to Interstate 81. This portion of U.S. Route 19 serves as the primary means of maintaining freight mobility in and out of western Virginia.
The purpose of this study was to identify the existing safety, operational, and access management deficiencies in the US Route 19 study corridor. The intent of this study was to serve as a planning and programming tool by Washington County and VDOT to document these deficiencies, develop operational and safety mitigation measures, identify preferred implemental solutions, define future planning activities, and establish levels of funding needed to support the proposed improvements.
The goal of this study was to identify cost effective projects that can be programmed into the VDOT’s Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP), and/or allow the County to apply for alternative funding sources through such programs as SMART SCALE or the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) that will benefit the users of the corridor.