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Bypass Updates

The state Department of Transportation has begun charging fees in some cases when citizens ask to see public records under North Carolina’s open government laws.

The Southern Environmental Law Center is balking at DOT’s assessment of a $468 fee – with a request to pay $234 up front, before any documents are provided – stemming from the group’s September request to look at emails and other files related to Gov. Pat McCrory’s 25-Year Vision Plan and his proposed $1.2 billion transportation bond.

"The so-called bypass is proposed to have nine exits, where family farms will be covered with sprawling development, resulting in more construction and traffic pollution as people drive more to reach the commercial developments located near the interchanges,” said June Blotnick, Exectuive Director of Clean Air Carolina.