By BEN R. WILLIAMS – Bulletin Staff Writer
Virginia Sen. Bill Stanley left the first meeting of the Interstate 73 Joint Subcommittee feeling encouraged about the future of the highway.
“The concerns before this meeting started were, ‘Does anyone have an interest in I-73?’” Stanley said following the Monday meeting at New College Institute. “I think we answered that today. … People in our region and people from West Virginia all the way down to South Carolina have an incredible desire to see this road built in our lifetimes.” Members of the subcommittee include representatives from a number of states that the proposed interstate highway will pass through, including not only Virginia but West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. A collaborative approach between states, Stanley said, is the only way to get the project off the ground.