I-73 panel to hold 1st meeting Nov. 10

State Sen. William M. “Bill” Stanley Jr. (R-Franklin) announced this week that the first meeting of the Senate’s Joint Committee on Interstate 73 will be held at New College Institute in Martinsville on Nov. 10.

Created by Senate Resolution 32 sponsored by Stanley during this year’s General Assembly session, the panel is charged with formulating a plan to build I-73 through south-central Virginia within 10 years.

To facilitate interstate coordination and cooperation in developing the corridor and advancing its construction, the National Interstate 73/74/75 Committee will conduct its annual meeting at the New College Institute immediately following the meeting of the Senate I-73 Joint Committee meeting.

The National Interstate 73 / 74 / 75 Committee includes delegations from South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, and Michigan, all of which would be affected by the development and completion of I-73.

SR 32, which was unanimously approved by the Senate, created a two-year bi-partisan joint committee of the Senate Local Government and Transportation committees.

The joint committee is charged with developing comprehensive plans to facilitate the design, land acquisition, and construction phases of Interstate 73 from the North Carolina state line south of Martinsville to Roanoke.

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