Miami judge halts key part of Everglades restoration work

A Miami federal judge has halted the latest federal plan to overhaul the Tamiami Trail, a long-delayed project crucial to Everglades restoration.

U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro granted a preliminary injunction sought by the Miccosukee Tribe to stop the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from beginning construction of a one-mile bridge on the historic road, which for 80 years has blocked the natural flow of the River of Grass.

The judge, whose order was posted Friday, found the Corps did not carry out analysis of alternatives required under environmental laws. She also sided with tribal arguments that building the bridge would not actually improve flows until other projects are built. Those projects are intended to control flooding threats to western Miami-Dade County suburbs posed by higher water levels in the Everglades.

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