Wetland-Clearing Highway Project on List for Texas Stimulus

A 14-mile road segment that would connect two highways in Texas is a contender for stimulus funding in the state. But it would also cause the removal of at least 23 acres of wetlands. Environmentalists are upset the proposal is being considered.
July 15, 2009, 8am PDT | Nate Berg
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In addition, some question whether this project really is as "shovel-ready" as officials think.

"While the project has completed the necessary environmental review with the Federal Highway Administration, it lacks a necessary permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. The permit allows wetlands to be filled in and is needed before construction can begin. Segment E could involve filling in at least 23 acres of wetlands.

There is also the question of two lawsuits that have been filed concerning Segment E and the future development it will enable.

So why was this considered "shovel ready"? The designation-and the stimulus money that came with it-angered urban planning groups and environmentalists who say the road is a waste of taxpayer money since few people presently live out there."

Thanks to The Infrastructurist

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Published on Monday, July 13, 2009 in The Houston Chronicle
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