The U.S. District Court (Western VA) in Charlottesville heard the case filed against VDOT and FWHA to block plans to widen I-81 to eight or more lanes- an expansion to be funded by federal funds and tolls on cars and trucks.
Case exposes effort by agencies to make it impossible for landowners and local officials
to offer and win less damaging alternative solutions.
Norfolk Southern’s plan for the Crescent Corridor, a $2.5 billion upgrade of rail freight lines from New Jersey to Louisiana, could take one million trucks off I-81, including 750,000 trucks in Virginia.
This motion was filed to block federal and state officials’ plan to proceed with costly and destructive major highway widening on I-81 without considering alternatives to projects proposed in the future.
Seven citizens’ organizations have joined the federal lawsuit to block plans to widen I-81 to
eight or more lanes throughout most of western Virginia.
February 15, 2008- Seven citizens’ organizations Thursday joined a federal lawsuit to block plans to widen I-81 to eight or more lanes throughout most of western Virginia.
Seven citizens’ organizations joined a federal lawsuit to block plans to widen I-81 to eight or more lanes throughout most of western Virginia.
A Shenandoah County resident and a coalition of conservation groups working in the northern Shenandoah Valley filed suit in federal district court to prevent expansion of I-81 to eight to 12 lanes through most of the state.
November-December, 2006- Augusta County Board Chairmen ask Senator Webb for clarification on funding for minor safety improvements and how it relates to the larger planning process of the I-81 corridor.
Since 2005, SVN and many others have questioned VDOT’s plan to widen I-81 and implement tolls.