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Monroe Bypass meetings draw skeptical crowd (access required)

MONROE – More than 250 people attended three meetings held this week by the N.C. Department of Transportation to explain how state and federal agencies arrived at their decision to build a proposed bypass around congested areas of U.S. 74. ...

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N.C. DOT still believes bypass needed to ease Monroe traffic (access required)

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MONROE – A new 20-mile toll road is still the best option for relieving traffic congestion along U.S. 74 in Union County, according to a revised report issued recently by federal and state highway officials. The N.C. Department of Transportation ...

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N.C. DOT to hold meetings on Monroe Bypass (access required)

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The state Department of Transportation will hold three meetings to receive comments on its revised analyses of the potential ecological impacts of building the Monroe Bypass, which it says is needed to alleviate traffic congestion in Monroe. The department was ...

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Contractors’ fraud trial likely to be next fall; new charges added (access required)

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CHARLOTTE – Lawyers for the federal government and for two Union County road construction contractors indicted on 29 federal fraud counts have jointly asked a judge to delay the trial until September 2014, citing scheduling conflicts and the complexity of ...

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Monroe Bypass supporters make presentation at Indian Trail meeting; opposition not invited (access required)

Monroe Bypass supporters make presentation at Indian Trail meeting; opposition not invited <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

For a portion of the Indian Trail Town Council meeting Tuesday night, it seemed like a sanctioned parade for the proposed Monroe Bypass. Officials from state, county and local organizations raved about how the 19.7-mile toll road that would run from Stallings to Marshville would boost economic viability on U.S. Highway 74. They made a good case for the bypass, spouting facts about long commute times, heavy tractor-trailer use and how local businesses would benefit. But the opposition to the scrutinized bypass proposal wasn’t invited to speak at the council meeting, making the job easier.

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