NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A permit application for a new 55-mile highway through western Tidewater says the road could destroy nearly 480 acres of wetlands.
That amount is more than three times an earlier estimate and an environmental group says it would be the largest decimation of such habitat permitted in Virginia since the Clean Water Act in 1972.
The state signed a contract for $1.4 billion to build the limited-access, tolled highway between Petersburg and Suffolk that would run parallel to U.S. 460.
The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1h19uGi ) that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing the application but a ruling isn't expected until spring at the earliest.
The Southern Environmental Law Center wrote to the Federal Highway Administration on Tuesday asking that work be halted while it is re-evaluated.
Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com
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