Advocates for Interstate 81 improvements say fight will continue despite legislative defeat

Published: Feb. 2, 2019 at 12:38 AM EST
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Business leaders pushing for improvements to Interstate 81, say they are disappointed that state lawmakers won't provide major funding this year.

But they say attention the issue has received could help in the future.

A senate committee stripped tolls from one I-81 bill, and removed an increase in the fuels tax from another.

Supporters, including the Roanoke Regional Chamber of commerce, say they'll be back next year.

Rebekah Gunn is Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce Vice President for Public Policy and Strategic Issues.

"The conversation is still alive. It's still ongoing. And i think that's the important thing, for us to stay engaged and active and remain part of the process."

The revised legislation will create a fund for I-81 improvements and a committee to advise the Commonwealth Transportation Board.