Thursday, October 9, 2014
By DEBBIE HALL – Bulletin Staff Writer
Martinsville has been selected as the site for the inaugural meeting of the Senate of Virginia’s Joint Committee on Interstate 73.
A meeting of the National Interstate 73/74/75 Committee — which includes delegations from South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Michigan — also will be held locally.
State Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Glade Hill, said Wednesday the two meetings will be Nov. 10 at the New College Institute.
“We thought it would be a good idea to hold the meeting in Martinsville and Henry County to showcase the area and how we are growing and overcoming many of the obstacles we have had before,” Stanley said.
Senate Resolution 32 — which Stanley championed — created the two-year bipartisan joint committee of the Senate Local Government and Transportation committees after it won legislators’ approval earlier this year, Stanley said. The joint committee is charged with developing comprehensive plans to facilitate the design, land acquisition and construction phases of I-73 between Roanoke and the North Carolina state line south of Martinsville.