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The decision to build I-73 follows nearly four years of intensive environmental study and an unprecedented public participation program undertaken by VDOT, which included four public hearings held in December 2000. Choices weighed by the transportation board included not building the road at all, making lower cost "spot" improvements to Route 220 south of Roanoke, and/or building a new interstate. The board opted for building a new road mostly on new location.
The Interstate 73 Joint Subcommittee met on November 10, 2014 to discuss next steps to move the project forward. The sub-committee will present its plan in front of the general assembly in January 2016.
For more information, see the I-73 project Web site.