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Northern Beltline construction will not be delayed

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - An Alabama court has ruled against the group, “Black Warrior RIVERKEEPER,” in its effort to block the start of construction for the Northern Beltline Project.

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama Northern Division released the ruling Friday.

The Northern Beltline will be a 52-mile highway that will stretch from Interstate 59 in northeast Jefferson County to the junction of I-459 and I-20/59 in southwest Jefferson County.

The “Black Warrior RIVERKEEPER” is an environmental organization that has long been against the project.

Members of the non-profit argued that the start of construction on nearly two-miles of the Northern Beltline violated National Environmental Policy Act Requirements.

The group also claimed the federal government should have conducted an environmental impact study for the entire project.

Here are excerpts from the court ruling:

“…the public also has an interest in development that will promote job growth and economic stability, and Plaintiff does not establish a factual weight of harm to override the public interest in development.”

“…consideration must be given to the fact that substantial funds have already been expended to begin construction on the 1.86-mile project, including preparation for preliminary engineering, right-of-way acquisition, and utility relocation work.  Delaying construction would have significant financial impacts on Defendants and the public treasury, especially if the bid process has to be repeated.”


Construction on the Northern Beltline is expected to begin this year.

It’s estimated that completion of the first portion will take five to six years.


The entire project is expected to take over 10 years to complete.

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