Category: Press Releases

Valley Group Applauds New I-81 Initiative

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

Right to Farm Bill Usurps Local Role in Farm Land Use

Threatens County Employees with Damages for Upholding Local Zoning

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.