Judge orders new study of Central Corridor construction's impact on business

A federal judge says the agencies overseeing the project didn't do a good enough job in their first study on how the construction could impact local businesses, but the judge rejected a call to shut down the project.
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A federal judge says the agencies overseeing the project didn't do a good enough job in their first study on how the construction could impact local businesses, but the judge rejected a call to shut down the project.

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