The court of appeals ruled in favor of the United States Department of Transportation in a lawsuit Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads filed challenging I-69 construction.
The group of concerned citizens questioned the potential environmental impacts of the project. They claimed the DOT did not address how the project would affect endangered Indiana bats or include information about protecting historic sites.
The court agreed with the district court’s decision to grant the defendants a partial motion to dismiss certain counts the court says were not ready for litigation, CARR’s lack of response to the defendants’ arguments regarding the readiness.
CARR President, Thomas Tokarski, says they never got a chance to present their case the way they wanted to.
“We never got a chance to call witnesses. We asked them if we could present before a judge, bring our case and talk to the judge and call witnesses and they refuse to allow us to do that,” Tokarski says.
CARR is currently trying to stop the pollution coming from the runoff from I-69 construction sites.
Tokarski believes the problems will continue to affect Indiana citizens.