Permit Withdrawn for Garden Parkway

July 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm

The last time we blogged about the Garden Parkway in Gaston County, it was because of disputes around the job creation estimates used to support the project. Now it seems that there are serious environmental impacts as well. The North Carolina Department of Transportation withdrew applications for two environmental permits for the parkway project, stating that it was concerned about potential litigation from environmental groups.

With an $800 million price tag, the state should be sure of the project’s economic and environmental impacts before moving forward. As we said in our last blog, infrastructure investments are generally a good thing for economic development, but their costs and  benefits should still be examined and weighed carefully. If the Garden Parkway has not been shown to relieve congestion as supporters claim it ill, and if it also has disputed jobs and environmental impacts, then perhaps this isn’t the best investment for the state at this time.

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