Trans Texas Corridor route released: 521 miles of toll road takes private Texans' land & gives to Cintra-Zachry for a 50 year monopoly

Star-Telegram link here.

Click on the maps to view where the corridor will go. That’s where you can see where the corridor joins I-35 from San Antonio to Laredo.

There are better ways to relieve I-35 truck traffic without taking 2,400 square miles of private Texans’ land and handing it over to a foreign toll operator! For instance, TxDOT could double deck I-35 for much less money and take no new right of way. Read on to see our current Governor’s vision, which is to take our land and grant foreign companies monopolies over our publicly-owned infrastructure displacing nearly 1 million people, and pave over parks, historic sites, landfills, and aquifers.

NOTE: They are planning to toll EXISTING portions of I-35 from San Antonio to Laredo! Does TxDOT have any credibility left? They along with Mr. Krier and others continue to state NO EXISTING lanes will be tolled, and yet here it is in black and white! These corridor plans are clearly a conversion of a free road to a toll road and it puts one of the key trade routes in Texas and America under the control of a foreign company! That means, what you drive on today for FREE will require a 50+ year toll tax to Cintra-Zachry to drive to Laredo if VOTERS DO NOT STOP GOVERNOR PERRY’S plan to pave and toll Texas!

Path of Trans-Texas Corridor toll road becoming clear
Tue, Apr. 04, 2006

More than 2,400 square miles of prime farm land, 13 square miles of parks and 63 landfills are potentially in the path of a proposed toll road from North Texas to Laredo, according to an environmental study released Tuesday.

Nearly 1 million Texans live within the proposed route. At least 46 threatened or endangered plant and animal species call it home, too.

Those are among the details in a draft environmental impact study released by the Federal Highway Administration.

The document brings Texas Department of Transportation officials closer to their goal of opening the futuristic, tolled highway by 2015. A private team, Cintra Zachry, has been hired to plan the $6 billion road. The mission is to relieve congestion and move much of the heavy truck traffic from the Interstate 35 corridor across the state.

Many bureaucratic steps remain, including about 50 public hearings that are tentatively scheduled across the state this summer to give residents a closer look at the road’s projected path. Meetings in the Fort Worth area likely will be in June, a TxDot official says.

Texans who want to read the environmental study can access it online at — but be warned, including appendices it’s about 4,000 pages long. But residents can click on maps and see how close their property is to the route, which has now been narrowed to a width of about 10 miles.

It closely follows Interstate 35 and Interstate 35E east of Dallas.

Other facts:

• The toll road would be 521 miles long. Most of it would be new road, but the project also would incorporate a portion of existing I-35 from San Antonio to Laredo.

• Of the 980,667 people who live in the path, 48 percent are minorities and 24 percent are below the poverty level.

• The route includes five federally recognized historic sites of 23 acres or greater.

• The route would traverse three major and six minor aquifers.