1999 and 2008 cases dismissed
RALEIGH - U.S. District Court Judge Thomas D. Schroeder of the Middle District of North Carolina on Wednesday, May 19, issued his ruling in the case regarding the N.C. Department of Transportation's plans to build the Beltway in Winston-Salem. Judge Schroeder ruled in favor of NCDOT and dismissed both the 1999 and 2008 cases filed by North Carolina Alliance for Transportation Reform Inc. and Friends of Forsyth. A copy of the ruling is attached below.
Due to an injunction in the 1999 lawsuit and the subsequent 2008 lawsuit, NCDOT has been unable to move forward with buying right of way or building the Beltway. This ruling lifts the injunction and allows NCDOT staff to begin scheduling these processes.
The old schedule has been deferred because of the injunction and 2008 lawsuit.
At this time, all potential "loop" projects, which are eligible for special state funding, are being prioritized by NCDOT as part of an ongoing effort to transform transportation planning. This data-driven prioritization model was developed in conjunction with regional planning organizations, elected officials, stakeholders and private citizen input.
Results of the prioritization process will be complete this summer and available for public review and comment. Based on how the Beltway is ranked, NCDOT will schedule the right-of-way purchase and construction of the project according to the availability of funds.
NCDOT staff are scheduling a public meeting in mid-June to discuss this ruling and answer questions from the public.
PDF Copy of Judge Schroeder's Ruling: