September 21, 2007
GROUP FILES FEDERAL LAWSUIT TO STOP DESTRUCTION OF HIGHLANDS SEABRIGHT BRIDGE
A citizens group has filed a federal lawsuit today seeking to prevent any further work on the Highlands-Sea Bright Bridge.
The group, which is called “Citizens for Rational Coastal Development,” alleges that the federal government incorrectly evaluated the historical aspect of the bridge and failed to provide an environmental impact study relating to the project. The group also alleges that a public hearing was required before the federal government released funds to the State for this project.
According to the group’s lawyer, Stuart J. Lieberman, “it is important that government rigidly adheres to all procedures required when they undertake large scale projects such as this. Here, the record reflects numerous shortcuts which were aimed at providing the public with either little information or misinformation.”
The group is especially critical of the State DOT’s “Hyper Build Program” which began in 2004. This project was specifically identified as a Hyper Build project.
According to Lieberman, “the State objection to the hyper build project was a streamline on capital improvement projects such as this bridge. As a result, the entire community was left in the dark about this project and the status of the work.”
Copies of the complaint maybe obtained by contacting Lieberman & Blecher, P.C. at 732-355-1311. Or contacting Stuart J. Lieberman directly at (609) 529-6557
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