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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A major Piedmont road project that has been facing scrutiny for several years is seeing new developments.

The North Carolina Supreme Court said it will hear arguments as to whether lawsuits from more than 50 property owners in the path of Winston-Salem’s Northern beltway can be heard as one single class action suit.

The North Carolina Court of Appeals previously denied the request.

A Guilford County judge has already heard suits from seven property owners saying the state is unconstitutionally holding property owners hostage by not buying property in the road’s path – while keeping them from improvements or selling.

It remains uncertain when a decision will be made on the class action status or the suits that have already been argued.