RALEIGH—The N.C. Turnpike Authority (NCTA) will hold a community project meeting on Monday, June 18 in Stallings and Tuesday, June 19 in Monroe regarding the status of the Monroe Bypass project. The meetings will begin with a formal presentation at 6:00 and repeat 7:00 p.m.
The meetings will be held on Monday, June 18 at Next Level Church at 4317 Stevens Mill Road, Matthews, NC 28104 and Tuesday, June 19 at Union County Agricultural Center, located at 3230 Presson Road, Monroe, NC 28112.
In addition to a formal presentation on the project’s legal, environmental and construction status, the public will have a chance to ask questions and meet with right of way agents regarding schedule, relocation and assistance programs. Various project materials will be on display such as large-scale project maps, roadway designs, and proposed aesthetics for the toll road.
Project Status Background:
NCDOT prevailed in the initial suit filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) challenging the environmental documents for the Monroe Bypass. SELC filed an appeal to the 4th Circuit, and a three-judge panel of the court on May 3 overturned the lower court decision. The NCDOT is requesting a petition for rehearing of the full circuit court of the legal analysis arising out of technical data and facts that the state believes the higher court panel misunderstood.
The Appeals Court will decide whether or not to rehear this case. In the meantime, and out of an abundance of caution, the NCTA is beginning a review of the issues detailed in the panel’s opinion to determine what, if any, additional environmental study might be necessary. During this data review process, NCTA will engage a variety of experts to assist in the data analysis and explanation. Construction activity is on hold until NCDOT addresses the legal and procedural options available to advance the project.
Once complete, the Monroe Bypass will run 19.7 miles from US 74 at I-485 in eastern Mecklenburg County to US 74 between the towns of Wingate and Marshville in Union County.
Additional project details are available at www.monroeconnector-bypass.com. Property owners who have questions should contact their Right of Way Agent directly at 5419 Indian Trail Fairview Rd. Indian Trail, NC 28079 or call (704) 893-0131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact Richard Baucom, Monroe Bypass Project Manager at 704-289-7905 or via email at email@example.com.