NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne says the state has given notice that it intends to terminate its contract to build a new toll road next to U.S. 460 in southeastern Virginia.
The state and private bondholders have already spent about $282 million on the project, with no construction having yet started.
The Army Corps of Engineers has not issued a permit for the $1.4 billion, 55-mile highway because of concerns over its environmental impact on hundreds of acres of wetland.
Layne said Wednesday the state wants an unspecified amount of money back from the contractor, US 460 Mobility Partners. Work on the project was stopped by Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration about a year ago after it became clear the road might not get the permits it needed.
US 460 Mobility Partners spokesperson Shannon Moody sent the following statement to WAVY.com via email:
We are disappointed to learn of this news today. We have been meeting our obligations, and have been both accommodating and patient as new project direction has been contemplated. We will continue working diligently with representatives of the Commonwealth to address this new situation.
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