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As construction at a state prison entrance near Independence delays traffic, plans to actually open the facility may be stopped indefinitely.
According to information from the Virginia Department of Corrections, there are no plans to open the facility for two years — at least.
“This past spring the General Assembly gave us funding to mothball the facility over the next two years,” corrections department Director of Communications Larry Traylor said in an e-mail. “We received funding of $715,000 per year to basically pay the electric and water bill. There are no plans to open the facility.”
When asked if the prison would open after the two-year period, Traylor replied: “I can't speculate any further than what I've already stated.”
Taylor Thornely of Gov. Bob McDonnell's office said in an e-mail that she was looking for more information about the matter, but had not responded to questions by deadline Monday.
The $104.5 million, 252,088-square-foot state prison remains on schedule to be completed this month.
The facility was expected to employ about 350.