- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - State officials say completion of the final 5.7-mile stretch of the Charlotte Outer Loop will be delayed until spring.

Multiple media outlets report the state and Blythe Construction hoped to complete the final leg in northeast Mecklenburg County by the end of December. N.C. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jen Thompson said that timetable couldn’t overcome permitting delays.

Thompson said when work began in 2010, the state didn’t have the necessary permits from the Army Corps of Engineers to get started on its schedule. The project was delayed for several months, but Blythe still hoped to finish the work in December.

Highway officials also say once temperatures fall below 50 degrees, asphalt can’t be set properly, which is why roadway paving isn’t done between November and March.

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