Route 460 meeting set for Thursday

Published 9:04 am Wednesday, January 5, 2011

WINDSOR—Residents seeking more information on three conceptual proposals to build a new limited-access toll road parallel to the current U.S. Route 460 may attend a 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, meeting at Windsor High School.

An independent review panel, appointed by Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton, is holding the meeting for the public to review and evaluate the proposals to build the highway.

At the meeting, the three teams will present their plans, and after each presentation, the independent review panel will conduct a question-and-answer session with each team.

The public comment period will begin at 7 p.m.; comments will be limited to three minutes. A court reporter will be available to take comments for those who do not wish to speak before the panel.

The proposed 55-mile long highway would connect Suffolk and Petersburg, bypassing the towns of Windsor, Ivor, Wakefield and Waverly.

At their December meeting, Southampton County supervisors expressed concern about the effect the new road could have — especially on existing small businesses along the U.S. Route 460 corridor.

Tolls are expected to range from 10 cents to 20 cents a mile for cars and possibly more for trucks. The driver of car could expect to pay $5.50 to $11 to drive the full route.