Wetland-Clearing Highway Project on List for Texas Stimulus
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