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Expanded Route 460 project greatly needed

Published 11:06am Saturday, May 3, 2014

Editor,

Recognizing the tremendous increase in commerce that will result from the Panama Canal expansion, it becomes instantly obvious that the need for a toll road from Petersburg to Suffolk is overwhelming and that the greatest governor of our time was truly a visionary.

I utilize Hwy. 460 extensively and cannot imagine additional truck traffic on that route. It is currently very unsafe and can only get to be critical in the future.

I can assure you that truckers would be very happy to pay a fee to use a new limited access road. I can also assure that we would have virtually no negative impact on the environment with our ability to span rivers, creeks and ponds.

I urge Congressman [Randy] Forbes and all members of the Virginia legislature to reassess this overwhelming priority so that we can be ready to handle the increase in commerce forecasted to occur by 2015.

Dan Hohman
Ivor

  • olbones

    I drive 460 every single day to work, I get on it at Ivor and get off at 156, and it’s not crowded or over run with traffic, at night when I work late or get called in sometimes I don’t pass 20 cars, if they need to do something add a medium strip and widen the lanes to make it safer thats a lot cheaper than building an entire hwy.If you do some digging I bet you’ll find some politicians and company owners just waiting and pushing to get this approved so they an line their damn pockets!!!

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  • fhancock

    Not impressed with Hohman nor former Governor. Jeff Turner worried about wetlands (which would be impacted) and others are worried about 3000 acres of farmland (and agriculture is our number one economic engine) vs. an “imagined” port for Chinese goods to enter the use.) This concern should to be studied and not passed off as a “need”, especially as the Port of Norfolk gets downsized from time to time, etc. Is there truly a justification for another road, a toll road at that, which will harm so much? Where is the study about other alternatives to this new road? Great haste has been spent in rushing this project on, including an asphalt plant and reopening of sand/gravel pits … yet no true study of need. Seems like money is planned to be made by a few at the expense of the rest of us who actually live in this area between Suffolk & Petersburg.

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  • broman

    Thanks for speaking up Jeff. “The greatest governor of our time was truly a visionary”, so is Mr. Hohman apparently. (Too bad he couldn’t predict the subpoena)
    I rode 460 last Thursday 5/1 at 11am from Wagner Rd to Wakefield and back, traffic was light and was mostly vacationers. I don’t see the truck traffic used to justify the new road.

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  • Liberty With Responsibility

    I keep seeing where the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors keeps begging for it, every time they get to speak for it. Unfortunately, so do our local reps in the General Assembly. I hope the other delegates and senators around the state know MANY of us little people here locally are NOT wanting this new roadway at all!

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  • Va Native American

    First of all, Jeff’s comments below hit the nail on the head (and I wonder if Mr. Hohman can predict what I’ll say next… I doubt it.)

    Above Mr. Hohman spouts: “I utilize Hwy. 460 extensively and cannot imagine additional truck traffic on that route. It is currently very unsafe and can only get to be critical in the future.”
    Really Mr. Hohman? A road is unsafe? Saying that is like saying pencils are to blame for misspelled words… or guns kill people. People kill people, people spell words incorrectly and people drive unsafely. There is nothing wrong with the existing 460 that a little upgrade here and there wouldn’t fix. Plus, I’ll bet you don’t own a farm or any wetlands near the proposed new 460, because if you do, it would be to your benefit to do some research on how cutting a new path from Suffolk to Petersburg will impact our land, waterways and nature. Then you might change your tune about: “I can also assure that we would have virtually no negative impact on the environment with our ability to span rivers, creeks and ponds.”
    Ask Jeff Turner, he can give you plenty on how much this would impact our environment.

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  • kingradman

    Jeffturner, I was thinking the same thing? whats his angle here??

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  • jeffturner

    WOW! Mr. Hohman must have some fantastic clairvoyant capabilities. He can assure us that truckers would be happy to pay to drive on a toll road…”happy” AND he is able to assure us there will be no virtually no negative environmental impacts. He also says “we” would have no negative environmental impact. Who is “we”? Does he work for the 460 Group? Sounds like it, maybe he is a stockholder in that dirty company. I’m surprised this dude is not employed by the Defense Department or CIA…or maybe he is!
    Shame he did not foresee big Bob wasting $300 million in taxpayers money and bring that to the public’s attention before it happened. I wonder if he could foresee me writing this comment?

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