4th Circ. Greenlights $11B Va. Highway Project

Law360, New York (February 17, 2012, 8:12 PM EST) -- The Fourth Circuit on Friday dismissed environmental groups' challenge to an $11.4 billion proposal to widen a major Virginia highway, rejecting claims that state and federal transportation agencies failed to properly consider green alternatives for a 325-mile stretch of Interstate 81.

The suit, first filed in 2007, alleged that the project would cause irreparable harm to scenic, cultural historic and ecological resources near the highway and that the agencies didn't properly consider other alternatives.

The Federal Highway Administration and the Virginia Department of Transportation claimed they...
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