Big rigs dig I-81
In its December issue, Overdrive magazine, online at eTrucker.com, rated I-81 the fifth-best road in the United States, based on a survey of driver opinons. Could that slow the federal government's urge to spend around $13 billion to widen the road?
Some people claim that much of that $13 billion plan has already been scuttled. After all, Governor Tim Kaine has signed a bill demanding a comprehensive study of what intermodal rail could do to long-haul, through-truck freight traffic on I-81. Rail advocates say that the Virginia Department of Transportation needs to look more seriously at options for improving rail lines along the I-81 corridor as it considers what to do to improve traffic flows on the highway.
The survey in Overdrive also found that Virginia has the 5th-best roads overall, 3rd-toughest inspections and law enforcement, the 3rd-best truck stops, but a paucity of overnight parking. And who has the worst roads? Louisiana.
P.S. We stole the above headline from the Roanoke Times which alerted us to the survey.