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Commonwealth Transportation Board OKs scaled back US 460 project from Petersburg to Suffolk

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RICHMOND, Virginia — The state has formally abandoned a 55-mile expressway in southeastern Virginia for a scaled-back plan to improve U.S. 460 from Petersburg to Suffolk.

The Commonwealth Transportation Board voted Wednesday to back the new approach. A failed public-private partnership behind the initial plan cost the state $250 million before a shovel of dirt was turned.

The 17-mile project proposed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe includes several elements. It would involve a four-lane bypass north of Windsor, road improvements through Zuni and an interchange between 460 and 58 in Suffolk.

McAuliffe suspended work on the project after discovering the state had no federal permit to destroy hundreds of acres of wetlands.

The abandoned 55-mile expressway was launched by McAuliffe's predecessor, Republican Bob McDonnell.

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