The Yadkin Riverkeeper is challenging the water quality permit for the Monroe Bypass. This is the second case in court that involves the proposed 20-mile toll road.
The lawsuit claims the state failed to consider less destructive alternatives to alleviate traffic congestion on Route 74.
Kym Hunter is an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, which filed the lawsuit.
"The state has not done a proper assessment of how much worse water quality would get. Essentially NCDOT and the state are taking the position that building this bypass would not bring any new growth to the region and wouldn’t have any impact on water quality."