Birmingham, Alabama: Northern Beltline

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Map of Alabama’s 50 needed transportation projects highlights imbalanced approach to infrastructure

A map released today of Alabama’s 50 most pressing road improvements highlights the critical need for accountability and transparency in the decision-making process around statewide transportation investments. The report’s estimated cost for all 50...

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Northern Beltline Not Among Alabama’s Top 50 Transportation Projects

Birmingham, AL—A map released today of Alabama’s 50 most needed road improvements, the total cost of which could be completed for half a billion dollars less than the proposed Northern Beltline, highlights a critical need for accountability and...

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Court Rules in Favor of Flawed Northern Beltline Project

Birmingham, AL – The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama issued a ruling late yesterday that responsible agencies met threshold legal requirements for a review of environmental impacts and alternative transportation investments...

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Court rules in favor of flawed Northern Beltline project

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama has issued a ruling that responsible agencies met threshold legal requirements for a review of environmental impacts and alternative transportation investments for Birmingham’s troublesome...

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Birmingham’s Northern Beltline ranks among nation’s worst road projects

Several recent hard-hitting pieces spotlighting Birmingham’s Northern Beltline have raised questions about who really stands to benefit from a destructive project with no real regional transportation benefits. Reinforcing these local and regional...

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Red Flags for Northern Beltline in New Regional Transportation Plan for Birmingham

Birmingham, AL— The Birmingham Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) draft of the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan shows that over half of available funding for new road projects for the next 25 years will be squandered on the Northern...

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Northern Beltline Groundbreaking: As Construction Begins, Questions and Doubts Persist

Birmingham, AL –The Southern Environmental Law Center and Black Warrior Riverkeeper released the following statement regarding this morning’s groundbreaking event for construction of the first phase of the Northern Beltline. “To continue investing...

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SELC and Black Warrior Riverkeeper Challenge Flawed Northern Beltline Permit

The Southern Environmental Law Center today filed a new federal lawsuit on behalf of Black Warrior Riverkeeper, challenging a permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Northern Beltline’s first phase of construction. Although the...

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SELC and Black Warrior Riverkeeper Challenge Flawed Northern Beltline Permit

The Southern Environmental Law Center today filed a new federal lawsuit on behalf of Black Warrior Riverkeeper, challenging a permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Northern Beltline’s first phase of construction. The lawsuit...

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The Northern Beltline: Still Not a Done Deal or a Good Idea

Although supporters of the controversial $5.4 billion Northern Beltline held a press conference this week to announce upcoming construction, the reality is the status of the project remains uncertain due to significant concerns about its...

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The Northern Beltline: Still Not a Done Deal or a Good Idea

Press Statement October 4, 2013 Contact: Eva Dillard, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: [email protected] 205-458-0095 Sarah Stokes, Southern Environmental Law Center: [email protected] 205-745-3060 Although supporters of the controversial...

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New film looks at the harmful environmental and economic impacts of the Northern Beltline

With the latest news that the first 1.3 mile permit has been approved for a small portion of Birmingham’s proposed 52 mile Northern Beltline, questions and concerns about the $5.4 billion-project – and its significant environmental and economic...

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New Questions Raised about the Beltline’s Environmental Impacts and Funding

A recent investigative piece in Birmingham’s Weld raises new questions about the proposed Northern Beltline, including questions about how the state will have enough funding to complete the costly project, which already has a thirty-year...

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Birmingham City Council Hosts Debate on Controversial Northern Beltline Project

The Birmingham City Council hosted a March 13 debate to hear from opponents and proponents of the proposed Northern Beltline, a 52-mile bypass north of Birmingham. One of the opponents of the controversial plan that presented t is SELC, which has...

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Birmingham City Council to Host Debate on Controversial Northern Beltline Project

MEDIA ADVISORY What: Birmingham City Council informational forum on the proposed Northern Beltline highway When: 2:00 pm CDT, March 13, 2013 Where: Council Chambers, City Hall, Birmingham, AL The Birmingham City Council will host a debate, open...

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$4.7 billion highway: All cost, little benefit

The cost of the multi-billion dollar Northern Beltline highway to American and Alabama taxpayers far outweighs the potential for significant revenue and jobs from the project and are a fraction of what highway proponents have long claimed, according...

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Northern Beltline a poor economic development tool for Birmingham region, new study finds

The cost of the multi-billion dollar Northern Beltline highway to American and Alabama taxpayers far outweighs the potential for significant revenue, and jobs from the project are a fraction of what highway proponents have long claimed, according to...

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Latest ALDOT study of Northern Beltline misses the mark, environmentalists say in court papers

Black Warrior Riverkeeper and the Southern Environmental Law Center today ask the court for permission to amend their year-old lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration, saying the agencies' recent...

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ALDOT suspends project after SELC urges restraint

In a detailed letter to the Corps of Engineers last week, SELC said that ALDOT was attempting an end-run around federal environmental law by seeking a Corps permit to build a section of the proposed Northern Beltline before all the studies are in....

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Groups Urge Army Corps To Reject Flawed Northern Beltline Permit

The Alabama Department of Transportation is attempting an end-run around federal law by pursuing permits for one section of the proposed Northern Beltline in the face of persistent questions about whether the beltline as a whole merits a...

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Groups Urge MPO to Drop Northern Beltline From Local Transportation Plan

Two local groups have asked the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to remove the Northern Beltline from the proposed four-year funding plan because of the project's ballooning price tag, questionable economic benefits and harmful effects on...

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SELC sues ALDOT to force full accounting of massive highway project

SELC, representing Black Warrior Riverkeeper, filed suit in federeal court April 11 to compel the Alabama Department of Transportation to comply with federal law requiring full and up-to-date analysis of the proposed Northern Beltline. That analysis...

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Groups Sue ALDOT for Flawed Environmental Study on Northern Beltline

In violation of federal law, the state Department of Transportation failed to fully account for the environmental impacts of the massive, high-priced Northern Beltline, conservation groups said in a lawsuit filed today in federal district court in...

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