Injunction to stop Ohio River Bridges Project denied

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – An injunction to stop the Ohio River Bridges Project has been denied by a federal judge.

The Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation, or CART, made the request in September.

They asked for a judge to stop the states from spending on the bridges until a ruling was made on a federal lawsuit challenging the project, or a new environmental report was issued.

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A judge ruled Thursday that no evidence exists that the early activities will "irreparably or unlawfully affect" Indiana or hurt two species of bats the group was worried about. However, the judge has yet to rule on claims of discrimination and illegal tolling.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet released a statement saying;

"The cabinet is gratified by Judge Heyburn's ruling. We believed we made a persuasive case against the motion for preliminary injunction. The cabinet and Bridges Project team have taken great pains to ensure all applicable laws were complied with."

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