LOS ANGELES - Local transportation officials reacted favorably yesterday to a federal judge's order that allows them to begin construction on both ends of the San Joaquin Hills toll road in California.

Although the judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked work on a middle segment, "the agency is very positive" that she allowed some construction to begin. said Walter D. Kreutzen, executive vice president of finance and administration for the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency.

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