Mike Still of the Bristol paper had this excellent article on Interstate 81, discussing at length the difficulties with its overcrowding and the difficulties with the solutions.
Among the highlights -
1. The article notes Senator Wampler's opposition to the element of one of the plans calling for tolls for all traffic.
2. The article says both contractors' plans involve no element of improved rail transportation in Southwest Virginia.
3. The possible $1 billion in federal money already carries the proviso that there must be separate truck lanes - before the state has had a chance to decide whether that is a good idea.