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Old 07-03-2017, 08:58 PM
 
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Welp, I sure walked into that one, didn't I?
I know what you meant, we're both "road geeks" at heart!

It will be interesting when the "two ends" get finished, obviously the southern end is already pretty close to the SC border and I still think NC will finish the northern end, even without VA wanting to spend any money on their part, because who cares about Martinsville/Roanoke/Southwestern VA since it is not NOVA/Richmond/Tidewater, I can't stand commonwealth (state) politics.
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Old 07-04-2017, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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I know what you meant, we're both "road geeks" at heart!

It will be interesting when the "two ends" get finished, obviously the southern end is already pretty close to the SC border and I still think NC will finish the northern end, even without VA wanting to spend any money on their part, because who cares about Martinsville/Roanoke/Southwestern VA since it is not NOVA/Richmond/Tidewater, I can't stand commonwealth (state) politics.
I can't stand the politics either. VA is having their gubernatorial election this year and the only (now former) candidate who addressed transportation needs outside of (but not excluding) the three metros was Frank Wagner, who recently lost the GOP gubernatorial primary. I didn't agree with him on everything, but it was refreshing for a change to see a candidate realize that there was more to state beyond the Capital Beltway. Now we're stuck with two candidates (Ed Gillespie-R and Ralph Northam-D) who are seemingly content with the current infrastructure in SW VA. Living up here makes me realize how much better highway infrastructure is in NC. That's one of the things I miss about living in NC. It was much easier getting from place to place.

Back to I-73, I don't think it would be a good idea for NCDOT to spend any more money extending I-73 to VA since VA has no plans to build it any time soon, if ever. That sucks, because I think it would be great for Greensboro to have an interstate connection to I-81. The only thing VA has done recently is put up "Future I-73" signs along I-581 in Roanoke. I think it would be better for NCDOT to focus on extending I-73 to SC next, since they at least have been trying to get I-73 started.
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Old 07-05-2017, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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I can't stand the politics either. VA is having their gubernatorial election this year and the only (now former) candidate who addressed transportation needs outside of (but not excluding) the three metros was Frank Wagner, who recently lost the GOP gubernatorial primary. I didn't agree with him on everything, but it was refreshing for a change to see a candidate realize that there was more to state beyond the Capital Beltway. Now we're stuck with two candidates (Ed Gillespie-R and Ralph Northam-D) who are seemingly content with the current infrastructure in SW VA. Living up here makes me realize how much better highway infrastructure is in NC. That's one of the things I miss about living in NC. It was much easier getting from place to place.

Back to I-73, I don't think it would be a good idea for NCDOT to spend any more money extending I-73 to VA since VA has no plans to build it any time soon, if ever. That sucks, because I think it would be great for Greensboro to have an interstate connection to I-81. The only thing VA has done recently is put up "Future I-73" signs along I-581 in Roanoke. I think it would be better for NCDOT to focus on extending I-73 to SC next, since they at least have been trying to get I-73 started.
It's so unfortunate for Southside VA to have such a slim hope for I-73 to be built through there. That could literally put Martinsville/Danville back on the map, so to speak. Since moving down to Greensboro, it's been refreshing to see an area trying to build, expand, and grow. And I'm sure Winston-Salem is also trying to do the same as well. High Point too. Just seems like Martinsville and Danville are the runts that nobody wants.
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