ST-23-06: Port Republic Road/I-81 SB Exit 245 Interchange

ST-23-06 Overview Map

Hillside Avenue/Bluestone Drive TO Forest Hill Road


The Phase 2 survey regarding potential improvements on Port Republic Rd. at the intersection of I-81 Southbound and Forest Hill Rd. in the City of Harrisonburg is complete.

Project Purpose

The focus of this study is to assess key areas of the Port Republic Road/I-81 SB Exit 245 Interchange. Important locations include the I-81 southbound off ramp and intersection of westbound Port Republic Road and Forest Hill Road. The study will seek to identify ways to improve safety and operations through targeted projects and improvements. The study will also review multimodal accessibility (Very High needs for bicycle, pedestrian, and transit access) and solutions will be identified that may be incorporated with proposed projects or as standalone efforts.

Study Partners

  • City of Harrisonburg
  • Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Federal Highway Administration

Key Points of Contact

District Lead: Brad Reed

Lead Consultant: Nathan Umberger


Phase 1 May - August 2023 Diagnose Problems/Brainstorm Alternatives
Phase 2 September 2023 - April 2024 Evaluate Preliminary Alternatives/Conduct Public Outreach and Obtain Feedback/Select Preferred Alternatives
Phase 3 May-July 2024  Conduct Risk Assessment/Develop and Refine Preferred Alternatives/Prepare Cost Estimate and Investment Strategy

Last updated: May 13, 2024

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