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Judge’s decision on NC bypass expected this week

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A federal judge’s ruling is expected soon
on a $720 million bypass around the Charlotte area for one of the
few North Carolina roads that stretches from the mountains to the

The Charlotte Observer reports that both
the North Carolina Turnpike Authority and the Southern
Environmental Law Center expect a ruling this week.

A trio of environmental groups has sued to stop the 20-mile road
project in Union County which would be the Charlotte area’s first
modern toll road. The groups claim an environmental impact study
was biased toward building the Monroe Connector-Bypass and failed
to seriously consider cheaper alternatives, such as upgrades to
U.S. 74.

The state has defended its studies for the project, which could
open by the end of 2015.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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