Tuesday, March 03, 2009

"TxDOT is out of control and has hijacked the federal money."

Citizen groups: Slow down on road spending


The Associated Press
Copyright 2009

A coalition of citizens groups is demanding that the Texas Department of Transportation slow down in selecting road construction projects for federal stimulus money.

The groups say they don't want stimulus money spent on toll roads or highways that tear up environmentally sensitive lands. They said at a Capitol rally Tuesday that the agency should take more time and get citizen input in deciding how to spend much of the $2.25 billion in federal stimulus transportation money Texas is getting.

State transportation officials are set to decide on $1.2 billion in stimulus road projects Thursday.

The activists say the department is out of control and has hijacked the federal money.

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