I-81 Statistics

I-81 in Virginia

  • I-81 is 325 miles in length (86.6 miles in Bristol District/ 86.8 miles in Salem District/ 151.6 miles in Staunton District) 
  • 48 miles of I-81 have grades greater than 3%
  • Along I-81, there are 6 metropolitan areas, and 30 higher education institutions  
  • I-81 carries 42% of statewide truck traffic volume
  • Trucks make up 20-30% of the traffic volumes on some sections of I-81  
  • Total Truck freight traffic on I-81 serves:
    • 11.7 million units per year (33% of Virginia total) 
    • $312 billion dollars of freight per year (47% of Virginia total) 
    • 1.2 billion truck Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) (42% of Virginia total)  

Source:  Virginia Department of Transportation 2017 

Incident Data - I-81 Staunton District

Number of Incidents on I-81 S in Staunton District


FY 2017:  335

FY 2016:  338

FY 2015:  307

FY 2014:  275

FY 2013:  237


Number of Incidents on I-81 N in Staunton District 


FY 2017:  328

FY 2016:  348

FY 2015:  303

FY 2014:  259

FY 2013:  311


Source:  Virginia Department of Transportation 2017