Judge gives OK to road some say threatens endangered bee

CHICAGO (AP) _ A federal judge says work can proceed on a suburban Chicago highway on which construction was halted because of concerns it threatened an endangered bumblebee.

U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman said Friday opponents of work on the nearly 6-mile-long Longmeadow Parkway in Kane County, Illinois failed to show it put the rusty-patched bumblebee at risk.

The plaintiff’s bee expert, entomologist Sydney Cameron, failed to show up and testify in support of an affidavit she filed with the court.

The judge said Cameron’s statement was “not at all definitive.” She added supportive testimony offered by the original plaintiff, Geoffrey Petzel, had “limited value.” That’s because he isn’t a bee expert.

A Kane County official says the project should get back on schedule with an extra push from construction contractors.