Army Corps Approves VDOT’s US 460 Permit, but Hurdles and Opposition Remain

The Virginian-Pilot reports, “The Army Corps of Engineers has approved a permit to allow 16 miles of highway improvements to U.S. 460.” The project has “faltered” for decades and the state “paid its private partner, U.S. 460 Mobility Partners, more than $200 million without a single mile of construction completed,” according to the newspaper. This iteration of the project “has been scaled back: building a 12-mile, four-lane divided highway from Suffolk with a bypass north of Windsor,” the report adds.

Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the proposed $425 million project “now must be ranked by the state to determine whether to build it.” It adds, “the new plan still faces public opposition because of its impact on farmland and the town of Windsor, which it would bypass. ‘It went from a terrible project to just a bad project,’ said Trip Pollard, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center.”