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Judge dismisses man’s lawsuit to halt I-64 closure in St. Louis

Friday, December 28, 2007 | 10:50 a.m. CST; updated 7:43 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

ST. LOUIS — A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a St. Louis man’s lawsuit to block the shutdown of a portion of Interstate 64 as part of a massive project to rebuild the roadway.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh turned down the request by former St. Louis School Board member Bill Haas a day after a hearing on the suit.

Haas questioned the safety of the proposed shutdown and the economic impact of the project. The Missouri Department of Transportation will close a stretch of the busy interstate starting Wednesday and will keep it closed for up to a year.

Another stretch of the interstate will close for most or all of 2009.

Federal law requires a plaintiff to have what is called standing to sue — that is, he or she must have been injured, the injury must be connected to the decision being challenged and there has to be a likelihood that the injury would be remedied by the court’s action.

Limbaugh’s order says Haas introduced no evidence that he would be damaged by the shutdown, according to STLtoday.com, the Web site for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

All the plaintiff has done is assert some generalized claims of vague injury on behalf of the public at large and not himself, Limbaugh wrote.


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