WASHINGTON — Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell announced on Monday that the commonwealth has obtained all of the funds needed to proceed with its Elizabeth River Crossings project, including the full $300 million that the Virginia Department of Transportation has committed to the $2.1 billion public-private partnership.

The announcement allows construction to begin on a third tunnel to be built under the Elizabeth River between Norfolk and Portsmouth, which will parallel an existing tunnel. That existing tunnel and two other downtown tunnels will be upgraded.

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