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TUNNEL PROJECTS VDOT authority to toll argued before Va. high court

Va. ruling could snarl tunnel projects in Hampton Roads

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 12:00 am

A $2 billion deal between Virginia and a private road developer in Hampton Roads has cast a constitutional shadow over a landmark 1995 law that gave state transportation officials power to negotiate toll rates to pay for privately developed public transportation projects.

An overflow crowd packed the Virginia Supreme Court on Wednesday to hear legal debate over whether the General Assembly improperly delegated the authority to set tolls under the Public-Private Transportation Act, used to build the Pocahontas Parkway in the Richmond area and other projects totaling nearly $3.5 billion around the state.

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