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Route 99 topic before council

Route 99, the paved path from Interstate 81 into the town of Pulaski, has been the topic of discussion since the interstate came through Pulaski County.

I-81 cordoned off the town, it seems, from the thousands of travelers that pass through the county on their way north or south.

The strip of highway, once proposed to be four-laned when Virginia Department of Transportation funds were approved, will be discussed at today’s town council meeting.

Council will meet at 5 p.m. at the train station for a work session that includes a discussion of a fund-raiser for the Pulaski Fire Department, items from the New River Valley Agency on Aging, sanitary sewer service along a portion of route 99, and other topics.

Route 99 replaced Dora Highway as the east exit of town and offers what seem to be some engineering obstacles that would require major work.

There are two bridges, over the railroad tracks and Peak Creek, several intersections, and other obstacles.

However, with modern-day heavy machinery and construction methods, and after looking at roadwork in West Virginia and other areas of the Old Dominion, these are no obstacles, per se.

It is money. Money can do wonders.

The Route 99 corridor is one avenue that could lead to business development and one that, no doubt, has been looked at for years and will get a good look, we hope, by council.

Such an endeavor will take time, much planning, and many hours of discussion and negotiations if and when the matter reaches that point.

The topography is different, but look at Route 100 in the Dublin-Newbern area and Fort Chiswell in Wythe County to the southwest.

Pulaski needs a shot in the arm. Don’t give up yet, let’s wait and see what comes from discussions before making our decisions.

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