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Old 11-16-2010, 06:25 AM
Location: Tennessee
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"We need to get people in touch with each other," Rovegno said at the time. "We need to focus on the types of issues involving I-81 that we have in common and develop an organization to give us the ability to deal with those issues. The I-81 Corridor Coalition is modeled after the Interstate 95 Coalition, which has been around since the early 1990s and has secured federal funding."

I-81 coalition meets in Hagerstown - journal-news.net | News, sports, jobs, community information for Martinsburg - The Journal

They're looking for the say in how federal government money is distributed rather than the current state-by-state method. My question is "What issues? and What road issues could they possibly have in common?" Why, for example, would we in Tennessee care about I-81 road problems in New York and vice versa?

I only use I-81 maybe two to four times a year in Tennessee and way up in Virginia but it is the longest part of my drive on one of the trips. I don't see anything wrong with it that they need to mess with. The last thing I want to see is make-do road work just because they can get the money.

The other thing I fear is that this group will make the decisions to dole out the money differently meaning we could get shafted in Tennessee. I find it odd that Maryland, with only 12 miles of I-81, is prominent in the commission conversation to have federal politicians distribute money differently. Each state should not have equal say in the matter. Of course, in Maryland they don't want the money distributed the current way:

"Regional efforts maximize tax dollars," he said. "The coalition can highlight priorities to help politicians decide the distribution of funds. They can look at the whole corridor and not distribute funds state by state. I think that is the way funding is going."

And lastly, I know in Virginia and Tennessee I-81 is not a toll road but they are trying to model themselves after the I-95 coalition and I-95 is tolls all the way. If this group gets control of the federal money, and jurisdiction over the entire interstate regardless of state boundaries, are we going to see tolls on I-81?

Those of you who drive on I-81 regularly, what are your issues with the road?

The article is written in WV and is not focused on any individual state's part of the interstate and no specific "issues" are mentioned other than a desire to have federal money for I-81 distributed differently.
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:05 AM
Location: East Bangor, PA
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Laura, I think your radar is totally sensitive and tuned up! I love driving I-81, it's one of the nicest highways and pleasantest drives. Harrisburg to Knoxville, all very nice. Makes a long drive not seem bad. If it ain't broke don't fix it.

I think you are right, it's all about money and patronage and local power, and they'll probably find all kinds of ways to make matters worse for travellers. Maybe not on purpose, but unintended consequences. Maybe I'm too cynical.

The stretch through Maryland we always make it a point to stick right to the speed limit, and not give any excuse to get stopped!

Thanks for posting and keep us posted if you see more about this.
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