The legal challenges to finishing toll road NC 540 across southern Wake County continue to grow

Environmental groups are challenging a state agency’s approval of the N.C. 540 highway across southern Wake County, opening up a new front in their effort to stop the project.

The Southern Environmental Law Center filed a petition Thursday objecting to the N.C. Division of Water Resources’ decision to issue a water quality permit for the six-lane toll road, which would stretch more than 28 miles from Holly Springs to Knightdale. The law center, working on behalf of three environmental groups, has already filed several claims in federal court against other state and federal agencies challenging their roles in approving the project.