Thursday, September 29, 2005

TTC-69 will result in no service or economic benefits to the citizens of Waller County

Strayhorn, Hegar to speak at anti-corridor rally


Billy Dragoo, Editor

Waller County News Citizen
Copyright 2005

CBWC is fighting the proposed I-69 Trans Texas Corridor project, which if completed as proposed, will cut through the heart of Waller County. The proposed super highway and its utility easements is planned to run across Texas from the Texarkana area to the Mexican border.

According to the citizens' group, the 35-mile north-south corridor route will split the county, restrict travel and lengthen travel times, result in the loss of 5,000 acres from county tax rolls, increase air-noise pollution, cause problems for 911 and EMS service, and will result in no service or economic benefits to the citizens or county.

Strayhorn, a Republican primary candidate in next year's gubernatorial election and a vocal critic of what she calls the "trans-Texas catastrophe, said, "... you know that Texas property belongs to Texans, not foreign companies.

"We will not sit quietly by and let this governor (Gov. Rick Perry) embark on the most historic land grab in history and cram toll roads down our throats. This is not the Texas way, and it cannot continue. This is the largest land grab in Texas history ... ."

The Stalls are founders of Fayetteville-based Corridor Watch, One-hundred-seventy-three Texas counties are represented among their members and they are an umbrella organization for a diversity of interest and citizen groups.

The anti-corridor groups urge residents to learn about the TTC I-69, attend CBWC meetings, volunteer time and effort, support with contributions, and stay active and informed.

At the CBWC meeting Sept. 1, Mark Holmes and Lisa Hill of Grimes County informed the group of the impact of the CBWC efforts. "If it were not for your efforts here in Waller County, we would never have heard about this project," said Holmes.

According to Hill, a local rancher, their community will be greatly impacted because there are several historical grave yards and family ranches in the pathway of the project.

The CBWC is asking citizens to attend the various governmental meetings in their areas and ask the officials to take a position on the corridor. They are also requesting citizens to sign targeted petitions, send in comments and spread the word about the proposed corridor.

CBWC is encouraging residents to submit their public comments on the Interstate 69/Trans-Texas Corridor through: 1) the website at , 2) via mail at P.O. Box 14428, Austin, TX 78761, and 3) toll-free at (866) 554-6989.

For information on the CBWC call (936) 857-3775 or visit the website at

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