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Bee Halts Road Project in Chicago

A road project in Chicagoland has been halted because of its impact on a specific type of bumblebee. (Courtesy: MGN Online)

A bee has halted a multi million dollar road project that's designed to ease traffic congestion in suburban Chicago.

It's the Rusty Patched bumblebee and a Chicago federal judge ruled this week its endangered status meant construction on that nearly 6 mile road had to stop.

In March, it became the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be declared endangered after suffering dramatic population declines.

The order will remain in place at least until April 25 as legal proceedings play out.


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