The News & Observer of Raleigh has an article out today about how Republicans and environmentalists are targeting the state’s five proposed toll roads, though the two groups differ on which of the projects they find most objectionable. A sample quote:

David Farren, a senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center, said environmentalists are moving away from challenges about endangered species and air quality, to aim more at a simple justification for building a big road: Why is it needed, and what good will it do?

“We’ve shifted our focus at SELC to these fiscal issues,” Farren said. “That’s going to be the fulcrum on which these policy decisions are made.”

It’s hard to object to that approach. That’s especially true for the toll roads, which were often selected for political reasons.