VDOT six year plan includes Pennington Gap bypass

The Virginia Department of Transportation has approved a six year improvement plan, costing more than $14 billion for construction, maintenance and rail.

$588 million will be funded to Southwest Virginia.

The six-year plan will have an effect on 12 counties in the region.

Funding will be spent on current and future developments.

In Lee County, 13 projects are expected to be completed by 2022, including construction of a Pennington Gap bypass estimated to cost more than $137 million.

VDOT hopes to minimize traffic jams by beginning with high traffic areas, but it will likely be 2022 before all projects are complete.

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