A federal judge denied a request to halt construction of Alabama’s Northern Beltline, according to AL.com. The planned corridor will link Interstate 459 with Interstate 59.
Environmental group Black Warrior Riverkeeper filed two lawsuits: one requesting the Alabama Department of Transportation complete an environmental impact study for the 50-mile corridor and another alleging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated the Clean Water Act and National Environmental Policy Act when issuing a permit for the corridor’s first section.
According to the report, the lawsuits remain in progress, but U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins denied an injunction to block construction of the highway’s first 1.8-mile segment. Construction is set to begin in February.