Lawsuit Pending Over Va. Toll Plan

March 13, 2012

The state's plan to charge tolls at two existing tunnels to help pay for a new tunnel connecting Norfolk and Portsmouth could end up in court.

Media outlets report that attorney Patrick McSweeney plans to file a lawsuit challenging the plan's legality Portsmouth Circuit Court.

McSweeney met Monday in Portsmouth with an estimated 500 residents who oppose the toll plan. Some volunteered to be plaintiffs in the planned lawsuit.

The Virginia Department of Transportation signed a contract in December to build a new tunnel through the Elizabeth River. The tunnel would be built near the Midtown Tunnel.

Toll collections at the Midtown Tunnel and the Downtown Tunnel are scheduled to begin in the fall to help pay for the $2.1 billion plan, which includes rehabilitating the existing tunnels.

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