Two transportation projects – one by road, the other by rail – will have a large impact on Roanoke. The city must prepare.
Roanoke received confirmation last week that two hoped-for transportation projects will soon leap from dreams to reality. Once completed, the projects have the potential to change Roanoke as dramatically as Carilion’s Riverside Center transformed the city during the last decade.
The first confirmation came when the Virginia Department of Transportation awarded a $38.4 million design-build contract to Lane Construction Corp. to complete the Interstate 581 interchange with Valley View Boulevard. This will prime for development 130 acres of fallow land adjacent to Southwest Virginia’s premier retail and commercial district.