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VDOT commits to several road improvement projects

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ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS10) Changes are coming to several problem roads in Roanoke County.

V-DOT said $130,000,000 in projects are coming to the Roanoke and New River Valleys after the The Commonwealth Transportation Board decided to fund certain projects with a new program called Smart Scale.

The board looked at criteria for each project like safety, reducing congestion, and stimulating economic growth.

One of the projects is widening Electric Road, near Tanglewood Mall and Route 220.

The ultimate goal by adding an extra lane is to alleviate heavy traffic especially during rush hour.

To widen it would cost about $5,800,000.

On 81 V-DOT said workers will add another lane from exit 141 to exit 143.

Another project include reworking the North Main Street and 460 intersection in Blacksburg.

There have a been number of fatalities there and crashes there due to drivers speeding down the mountain.

The Blacksburg project will cost a little more than $3,000,000 dollars and will add turn lanes, lengthen existing lanes, and restrict drivers from making left turns.

Some of the projects are set to begin around 2021.