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Judge rules in dispute over paving road to Skywalk

PHOENIX -- A federal judge has rejected a dude rancher's request to temporarily halt paving the road to the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Diamond Bar Road partially runs through Nigel Turner's property before reaching the Hualapai reservation, though drivers now can bypass that stretch. Turner had sought a temporary restraining order, saying the construction negatively is impacting tourists at his ranch.

U.S. District Court Judge Neil Wake rejected the request Thursday following a hearing on a trio of motions.

However, Wake says the U.S. Department of Interior must demonstrate that it's complying with a settlement reached with Turner in 2007 over the paving project.

The Arizona Republic reports that Wake wants the parties to move forward in good faith.

Wake also denied a request from the federal government to dismiss the case.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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