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Virginia Port Authority uncommitted to connector project

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Port Authority says it does not have the money needed to commit to a $236 million highway and rail connector project.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1PNtLuH ) reports transportation planners had been under the impression that the port authority would construct and fund the Craney Island Connector that would provide access to Virginia International Gateway to help with freight travel time.

Port authority spokeswoman Cathie France said during a Thursday, Jan 21, Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization meeting that the commitment to fund the project was made under a previous administration. She said she hasn’t been able to find any documentation about a formal commitment to the project.

France says the construction cost should rest on the Virginia Department of Transportation and regional planners.

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