RaleighA United States District Court judge has ruled in favor of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and against the environmental groups seeking to stop construction of the Monroe Expressway. The judge's decision allows the state to continue delivering the project, which will build a 20-mile expressway from U.S. 74 near I-485 in Mecklenburg County to U.S. 74 between the towns of Wingate and Marshville in Union County. This project is part of Governor Pat McCrory's 25-year vision to connect small towns to larger economic centers.
James C. Dever III, Chief United States District Court Judge, granted the state's motion for summary judgment and denied the Southern Environmental Law Center's motion for a preliminary injunction and a hearing in the case. With the judge's ruling, the case is now closed.
"Judge Dever's ruling is a major win for the people of North Carolina and allows the state to continue work on an important connector, the Monroe Expressway,"said Governor Pat McCrory."This project is an important addition to the U.S. 74 corridor and will improve our economy by increasing connectivity and mobility throughout the region."
The Monroe Expressway will improve capacity by providing high-speed regional travel, while maintaining access to properties along existing U.S. 74. Construction on the Monroe Expressway started in late May, with completion scheduled for late 2018.
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