The public will get a chance to review and comment on those projects Thursday, Oct. 25 during a Virginia Department of Transportation public hearing at 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Valley View, 3315 Ordway Drive NW, Roanoke. That public input session is a prelude to a second public input meeting at 3 p.m. at the same location— this one with recommendations from an I-81 corridor study ordered by the General Assembly earlier this year. Following a presentation on the I-81 recommendations at that meeting, there will be an opportunity for the public to provide comments about the study. Individual formal comments will be limited to three minutes.

Those attending the Smart Scale planning meeting will be able to view displays to learn about transportation planning, interact with VDOT experts, and review the proposed local and regional projects that have been submitted for scoring through the Smart Scale process. Of the six proposed projects in Botetourt, four come from the county, one from the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) and one from the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission (RVARC) The latter two deal with I-81 projects….

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