Assignment 7

Judge rules Willits bypass can move forward

Friday, December 20, 2013
Army Corps threatens to suspend Willits bypass project

The Army Corps of Engineers is threatening to suspend or revoke the Caltrans construction permit for the Willits bypass. (KGO Photo)

A federal judge from the Northern District of California has effectively decided that a Highway 101 bypass around the town of Willits can go forward.

Opponents claim Caltrans has not done the proper environmental reviews and isn't doing enough to restore the damage the construction has caused.

The $300 million project is being built through federally protected wetlands.

Environmentalists have staged a number of protests, trying to shut down the bypass, which they say is unneeded.

Construction on the project continued while the two sides took the matter to court. Late Thursday, a judge threw out a lawsuit attempting to stop the project.

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