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Caltrans road widening project stopped; preliminary injunction filed by EPIC

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DEL NORTE- A preliminary injunction against the widening project on highway 199 and 197 was filed in Federal Court on Thursday.

EPIC filed the injunction to stop the project because, they said ,it will endanger coho salmon and undermine public safety along the two highways. EPIC claims the agency has not conducted a full evaluation of potential environmental effects and have violated the National Environmental Policy Act.

In response, Caltrans issued the following statement:

"Caltrans is preparing a response to the motion for a preliminary injunction against this project filed recently by plaintiffs in federal court. It is Caltrans policy not to comment on pending litigation."