congestion or land loss?

Brent Finnegan -- May 19th, 2008

APVA Preservation Virginia recently released their list of “endangered historic sites.” Interstate 81 is on the list:

Increased truck and automobile traffic threatens many areas of the Commonwealth resulting in either an increased burden on already existing roadways or the call for creating new or widening existing highways, such as Interstate 81. The proposed widening of I-81 would destroy developed land; prime farmland; between 1600 and 2400 residences, and 1238 acres of Civil War battlefields with a potential adverse impact on tourism, Virginia’s second-ranking industry.

Does this boil down to a choice between continued (or increased) congestion on 81, and the loss of all that land? From NBC 29:

Terry Graham at the APVA Shenandoah office adds, “Everyone agrees that change is going to happen, but it needs to be controlled change and controlled growth.”

“Smart growth” or “controlled growth” are popular development buzzwords, but what exactly does it mean in relation to 81?

One Response to “congestion or land loss?”

  1. Bubby says:

    And what does +$4.00 diesel and gasoline mean? Now would be a very good time to take another serious, and multistate coordinated look at inter modal freight.

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