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FHA seeks public comment on proposed Va. toll road

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 10:11am  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The Federal Highway Administration is seeking public input on Virginia's plan to build a 55-mile tolled highway through western Tidewater.

A permit application for the highway between Suffolk and Petersburg says it could destroy nearly 480 acres of wetlands. That's more than three times an earlier estimate.

Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Tamara Rollison tells The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1djX99Y ) that design work on the highway is continuing. But she says construction won't begin until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issues permits for the entire project.

Rollison says the state agency is working with the corps to reduce the highway's impact on wetlands.

The highway would run parallel to U.S. 460.

A 30-day comment period on the project began Monday.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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