SAWMPO Open House to Discuss I-81 Exit 235 Improvements Set for March 7

The Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (SAWMPO) invites the public to attend an informational open house to provide input on I-81 Exit 235 and Route 256 Study improvements. The meeting will be held on Monday, March 7 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) Robert Plecker Workforce Center room P126AB.

The study is evaluating mid-term solutions to periodic congestion, and long-term corridor needs and intersection configurations to accommodate future growth along Weyers Cave Road (VA 256) between U.S. 11 and Triangle Drive near I-81 Exit 235.

The purpose of the open house is to provide the public an opportunity to review the potential improvements, provide input through written and oral comments, and discuss the Study with staff from the SAWMPO and VDOT. Responses will be summarized and provided to local government stakeholders in late March.

An initial online public survey was conducted from December 3 to 23, 2021, and received over 347 responses in reference to the proposed concepts. The responses from the survey are informing the development of the final report.

The Study began in March 2021, and it is anticipated to be complete in Spring 2022. The Study Team includes the consultant Michael Baker, and representatives from the MPO, Augusta County, VDOT, BRITE, Blue Ridge Community College, and the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport. The Study will be made available to the public on


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