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Va. secretary of transportation says proposed 460 toll road unlikely

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RICHMOND, Virginia — Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne says the state likely won't get a permit to build a new toll road next to U.S Route 460.

The Virginia Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a draft environmental impact statement Monday of a proposed toll road pushed aggressively by former Gov. Bob McDonnell and several alternatives.

Layne said the statement shows the state will likely only be permitted to make improvements along the existing 460 roadway.

The Army Corps of Engineers had not issued a permit for the 55-mile proposed tolled highway because of concerns over its environmental impact on hundreds of acres of wetland.

Public hearings on the environmental statement will be held in October.

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