Lawmakers moving forward with Interstate 73 plans

Lawmakers moving forward with Interstate 73 plans

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A new major highway is slowly becoming more of a reality in our region.

Virginia Lawmakers and Interstate 73 supporters are talking about the next step in what’s turned into a project that’s lasted several decades.

Lawmakers and business leaders from Michigan to South Carolina say the proposed interstate has potential to be an economic explosion.

The biggest hold up in getting the interstate here: funding.

Monday morning Virginia lawmakers discussed the nitty gritty of building an interstate and how every aspect of construction impacts our region.

When work begins, researchers from Chmura Economics and Analytics predict about 48 thousand jobs created during the construction phase.

And the economic benefits continue, new industrial opportunities, a growth in tourism, and more money circulating in the region.

“I think it’s going to be something that we have to have for economic revitalization and success for generations to come. We need I-73,” said Senator Bill Stanley, the chairman of the Interstate 73 subcommittee.

Interstate 73 starts north of Detroit, Michigan, crossing through six states.