Illinois road project stung by judge's endangered-bee ruling

Rusty patched bumblebee in Minnesota
A rusty patched bumblebee in Minnesota.
Sarina Jepsen | The Xerces Society via AP 2012

Bees have halted a multimillion-dollar suburban Chicago road project that's designed to ease traffic congestion.

A Chicago federal judge ruled this week that the rusty patched bumblebee's endangered status, which was declared in March, means that construction on the nearly 6-mile road has to stop.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports court documents say the bee was found along the parkway's route in the Brunner Family Forest Preserve.

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman issued a temporary restraining order Monday, in response to a filing by opponents of the Longmeadow project, who say officials didn't consider how the bee would be affected.

The order is in place at least until April 25. The Kane County Department of Transportation says the delay could increase project costs.

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