Editorial: Take I-73 committees for a ride

Editorial: Take I-73 committees for a ride

Editorial: Take I-73 committees for a ride

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Supporters of construction of Interstate 73 should borrow a strategy from the backers of the new Virginia Museum of Natural History building 13 years ago.

In 2001, a reception for state legislators was held in the basement of the museum. At that time, it was in a former school on Douglas Avenue in Martinsville, and the basement was crammed with stored collections and other materials. Legislators mingled in narrow aisles, with preserved animal specimens peering from atop shelves and storage units.

The strategy worked. Legislators realized the museum did not have enough room and in 2002, the General Assembly approved funds for the new building on Starling Avenue.

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