Shawn Nowlin
shawn.nowlin@ourvalley.org

When Ralph Northam was sworn in as Virginia’s Governor in January 2018, he made several remarks during his inauguration that resonated with people on both sides of the political aisle.

Photo by Shawn Nowlin
Governor Northam responding to a reporter’s question about I-81.

“Virginians don’t elect officials to be Democrats or Republicans – they elect us to solve problems,” he said at the time. “Treating symptoms of problems may be easy in the short run but getting to the root of the problem and solving it from the bottom up is always more effective in the long run.”

On March 28, standing on a hill in Salem overlooking Interstate-81, Northam

announced amendments to Senate Bill 1716, introduced by Senators Bill Carrico and Mark Obenshain, and House Bill 2718, introduced by Delegates Terry Austin and Steve Landes.

“This year I worked closely with Democratic and Republican legislators to reach a long-term agreement that would address the critical safety and reliability issues along the I-81 corridor and make historic investments in the economic competitiveness of this vital region of the Commonwealth,”…



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