The Network opposes plans for an $11.4 billion widening of I-81 to eight or more lanes, funded by tolls. We support affordable, lower-impact improvements, within the existing roadway, to address safety and congestion problems.
SVN and its partners have coordinated a multi-faceted campaign to block a costly and destructive plan to widen I-81 to eight or more lanes, paid for by tolls on local drivers. We advocate a mix of transportation options to address safety and congestion issues more quickly, efficiently and affordably.
A Shenandoah County resident and a coalition of conservation groups working in the northern Shenandoah Valley filed suit December 2007 in federal district court to prevent expansion of I-81 to eight to 12 lanes through most of the state.
The Shenandoah Valley Network released a six-point plan addressing the real needs on I-81 while respecting the communities in the corridor. Dozens of local governments and community groups have endorsed the “Reasonable Solutions for the Future of I-81.”