Category: Press Releases

Valley Group Applauds New I-81 Initiative

Delegates Gilbert, Cline lead new Northern I-81 Caucus of Legislators

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Right to Farm Bill Usurps Local Role in Farm Land Use

Threatens County Employees with Damages for Upholding Local Zoning

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Shenandoah Valley Network Press Statement on Governor’s Announcement of New I-81 Widening in Roanoke Valley

Shenandoah Valley Network and our partners recognize the need to ease Roanoke Valley congestion by widening that section of I-81. But we remain deeply concerned about how VDOT’s one-size-fits-all approach to I-81 improvements will impact rural communities, farms, battlefields and local economies in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Groups Ask Federal Judge to Order Reevaluation of I-81 Plan

Case exposes effort by agencies to make it impossible for landowners and local officials
to offer and win less damaging alternative solutions.

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Groups Seek Summary Judgment in I-81 Suit

October 18, 2008- The motion would require that VDOT consider alternatives like spot highway safety improvements and increased diversion of freight traffic from trucks to rail – options that are less costly and destructive than widening I-81

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National, State and Regional Citizens Groups Join Suit To Block Massive I-81 Widening

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.

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Valley Resident and Citizens Groups File Suit To Block I-81 Tolls and Excessive Widening

December 17, 2007- A Shenandoah County resident and a coalition of conservation groups working in the northern Shenandoah Valley filed suit in federal district court to prevent VDOT and the FHWA from implementing a plan to widen I-81 and impose tolls.

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Citizens Groups Join Shenandoah County To Block I-81 Tolls & Widening

October 15, 2007- A coalition of citizens groups joined Shenandoah County in calling on Gov. Kaine and transportation officials to halt plans to toll and widen I-81 and to reconsider rail freight and other options to ease traffic and increase safety.

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