3/14 12:05 p.m. UPDATE: Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne says a temporary stop work order has been issued on the 55-mile Rt. 460 project 'until we know we're where going.'
VDOT will continue the needed environmental reviews and the state remains committed to moving forward on Rt. 460 corridor improvements.
The move, Layne says, will limit the costs of the project only to what is absolutely necessary to conduct environmental work, which will be managed by VDOT.
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RICHMOND (AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe's transportation chief says work has been suspended on a new toll road that would run parallel to U.S. 460 from Suffolk to Petersburg.
Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne told the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday that no more money will be spent on the $1.4 billion, 55-mile highway until the state receives a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. Even then, McAuliffe has said he plans to take a hard look to make sure the project is the best use of state dollars.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that the state has already spent nearly $200 million on design and related work on the project, even though the necessary permit has not been secured. The project was a top priority for former Gov. Bob McDonnell.
The Southern Environmental Law Center called the proposed Route 460 Project 'a wasteful and destructive project heading nowhere fast.'
Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com