Monday, October 26, 2009

“It seems like TTC-35 has more lives than a cat.”

Concerns remain over Trans-Texas Corridor


By Fannin County Farm Bureau
North Texas e-News
Copyright 2009

Bonham – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has declared the Trans-Texas Corridor I-35 “dead” once again, but Gov. Perry’s massive transportation project can still be resurrected as long as statutes authorizing its construction are on the books, said Fannin County Farm Bureau President Jerry Magness.

“It seems like TTC-35 has more lives than a cat,” Magness said. “The concern of farmers and ranchers in Fannin County is if the same problem will pop up under a new name.”

TxDOT officials announced the no action alternative in response to citizens’ comments received during the environmental review of TTC-35. TxDOT officials said the recommendation will effectively end efforts to develop TTC-35 through the Trans-Texas Corridor concept.
“The announcement said nothing about TTC-69 and other projects,” Magness said.

Magness said rural Texans remain upset over the Governor’s transportation plan that would have gobbled up and paved over some of the richest farmland in Central Texas. Their response was overwhelmingly negative on a series of public meetings on the environmental review for both TTC-35 and TTC-69.

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