WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The N.C. Court of Appeals has ordered the state Department of Transportation to pay deposits on properties in the path of a beltway.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports the ruling on Tuesday means NCDOT has to begin appraising hundreds of properties in the path of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway and paying deposits, unless the decision is appealed to the N.C. Supreme Court.

Landowners began suing the state in 2011 to force NCDOT to buy their lands, arguing that the declaration of a beltway corridor in effect caused a taking of their properties by limiting their rights to subdivide or develop.

The state Attorney General’s Office said it was reviewing the decision and would work with NCDOT to determine its next steps.

Information from: Winston-Salem Journal,

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