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

N.C. DOT still believes bypass needed to ease Monroe traffic <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

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)

N.C. DOT to hold meetings on Monroe Bypass <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

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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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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Monroe Bypass divides Union County communities: DOT suspends work but continues payments to contractors, including one facing unrelated felony charges (access required)

Monroe Bypass divides Union County communities: DOT suspends work but continues payments to contractors, including one facing unrelated felony charges <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

State and federal transportation officials are putting the final touches on a second draft environmental report on the proposed Monroe Bypass, as nearby towns debate the project’s merits. Meanwhile, a lead bypass construction contractor continues to collect payments even though all work on the project has been suspended – and even as the company and four of its employees face federal fraud charges not related to the bypass work.

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Environmentalists 
challenge 
toll road ruling (access required)

The Southern Environmental Law Center is challenging a ruling that paves the way for the more than $700 million Monroe Bypass project to move forward. On Monday, the SELC filed an appeal in federal court after U.S. District Court Judge James Dever III ...

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Corps of Engineers grants permit for Monroe Connector-Bypass

The Corps of Engineers has given environmental approval to the controversial Monroe Connector-Bypass project, the North Carolina Turnpike Authority said today. But a lawsuit continues to hold up construction on the 19.7-mile, roughly $800 million toll road, which would be the second in ...

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Environmentalists challenge permit for Monroe Bypass

Two environmental groups are challenging a permit issued by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the proposed $800 million Monroe Connector-Bypass east of Charlotte. The North Carolina Wildlife Federation and the Yadkin Riverkeeper said the state ...

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Residents, groups fight to get road project ditched (access required)

A road that would bypass the congested U.S. Highway 74 eastbound to Monroe sounds like it would mean smooth sailing for motorists. The project will cost between $750 million and $825 million to build and include 20 miles of toll ...

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