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Bill Would Halt Spending for Loops Around Cities

Posted March 13, 2001 6:00 a.m. EST

— A bill in the General Assembly would put the brakes on new spending for highway loops around the state's largest cities.

Durham Democrat Paul Luebke is the bill's sponsor. He says that loops worsen air quality and promote suburban sprawl.

Under the proposal, unbuilt portions of the highway would be phased out and money would be redirected to highway maintenance and public transportation.

About one-quarter of Raleigh's $1.2 billion Outer Loop project is finished.