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Law center, DOT reach agreement over Monroe Expressway

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Southern Environmental Law Center has reached an agreement with North Carolina transportation officials to end their ongoing fight over a highway that is being built.

The Charlotte Observer reports the law center announced Monday that its client, the Yadkin Riverkeeper, reached a settlement with the state transportation department to conserve some land near the Monroe Expressway.

The 20-mile toll road will run parallel to U.S. 74. It’s been at the center of lawsuits between the law center and the DOT in recent years.

Under the new agreement, the DOT said it would deposit $1 million with the Catawba Lands Conservancy, which will use the money to buy land in Union County. The groups are prohibited from filing new lawsuits against the project.

Officials hope the expressway can open in 2019.

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