LOS ANGELES A U.S. Appeals Court heard arguments last week in a lawsuit that could resolve one of the last major legal roadblocks to construction of the middle portion of the six-lane, 15-mile San Joaquin Hills toll road in the coastal hills of Orange County, Calif.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals adjourned after an hour-long hearing Tuesday at the court's Pasadena, Calif., office. The panel's ruling is expected within two months.

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