State transportation officials will hold meetings Monday and Tuesday nights to update the public on the status of the Monroe Bypass.
The bypass, proposed as a toll road between Stallings and Marshville, was sidelined earlier this year when a three-judge panel from the 4th Circuit ruled in favor of a group trying to block construction of the roadway.
The N.C. Department of Transportation says it is asking to have the case heard again but in the meantime is working to answer concerns raised by the judges. The public meetings this week are designed to provide residents and business representatives with an idea of where the project stands.
The DOT won the initial suit filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), which raised objections to the way in which the state conducted environmental impact studies. But the appeals court ruled in favor of the SELC. State transportation officials say they are pressing for the full panel of judges from the 4th Circuit to heard the case, saying they believe the three-judge panel misunderstood some of the technical data.
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In the meantime, however, the project is on hold.
If it is built, the Monroe Bypass would bring traffic off U.S. 74, running 19.7 miles.
At the public meetings this week, formal presentations will be given at 6 and 7 p.m. each evening. There also will be large-scale project maps and roadway designs, along with experts prepared to answer questions about right-of-way and relocations.
The meeting schedule:
Monday: 6 p.m., Next Level Church, 4317 Stevens Mill Road, Matthews.
Tuesday: 6 p.m., Union County Agricultural Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe.