Virginia seeks fuel taxes to help build interstate

| 1/24/2002

A Virginia bill (SB352) introduced this month would set aside $3 million annually from fuel and other transportation taxes to help build a 70-mile highway. The highway would still need the approval of federal highway officials.

Interstate 73 remains a concept without any construction funds, but Sen. Roscoe Reynolds (D-Martinsville) is proposing an initial step to help pay for its estimated $1.2 billion price tag.

I-73 would run east of U.S. 220 from Roanoke to the North Carolina border, passing through Roanoke, Franklin and Henry counties. The Federal Highway Administration is expected to decide whether to approve the highway by next fall.