Fear, facts and the future: Series overview

Photo by KYLE GREEN | The Roanoke Times

The highway that links Western Virginia evokes high emotions because of its heavy truck congestion. One in four vehicles is a big rig.

In this special report, The Roanoke Times | roanoke.com examines the safety, impact and future prospects for I-81.

<

HOW REAL IS THE FEAR? It has the highest volume of big-rig traffic of any major road in the state, but Interstate 81 is one of Virginia's safest highways.



CONGESTION AHEAD? Road widening must happen during the next 25 years to avoid serious traffic headaches, but the state lacks the funds and the vision to do it.



PUSHING THE LIMIT: Driving too fast is a leading cause of accidents but enforcing the speed limit is a daunting task for the understaffed Virginia State Police.

DISTRACTED ON THE ROAD: Driving instructors have been preaching it for decades — but with phones and other electronic devices providing more distractions than ever —Virginia officials plan to put more emphasis on curbing crashes caused by drivers not paying attention.





EXPLAINING INTERSTATE 81





GOT AN IDEA FOR A STORY?

Contact reporter Jeff Sturgeon at i81@roanoke.com




DON'T MISS OUT

Subscribe to The Roanoke Times by the Friday before each story is scheduled to run to begin receiving the paper in time for the Sunday series update. You can also call 981-3211 and mention "I-81."

[See a video here or view the promo here.]



Updated: Sunday, August 29, 2010 | About this series | Credits
social tools
The Roanoke Times and Roanoke.com 

logo