The federal government has withdrawn its Record of Decision in favor of building the Monroe Connector/Bypass, another setback for the proposed toll road.
The Southern Environmental Law Center, which has sued to stop the highways construction, said the federal governments withdrawal Tuesday is another sign that the N.C. Department of Transportation must re-do the environmental impact studies for the project.
In May, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. ruled that the N.C. DOTs impact studies were flawed, blocking, for now, the highways construction. The law center had sued the state claiming that the impacts of the highway were minimized.
If built, the Monroe Connector/Bypass would begin at Interstate 485 and end at U.S. 74 near Marshville. The law center wants the state to improve U.S. 74 instead of building a new highway.