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Super Superhighway

December 30th, 2004 | Filed under: Urbanism | 2 Comments »

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The Trans-Texas Corridor project, as envisioned by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in 2002, would be a 4,000-mile transportation network costing an awesome $175 billion over 50 years, financed mostly if not entirely with private money. The builders would then charge motorists tolls.

But these would not be mere highways. Proving anew that everything’s big in Texas, they would be megahighways — corridors up to a quarter-mile across, consisting of as many as six lanes for cars and four for trucks, plus railroad tracks, oil and gas pipelines, water and other utility lines, even broadband transmission cables.

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2 Comments on “Super Superhighway”

  1. 1 Porkus Maximus said at 12:19 am on February 3rd, 2005:

    The Trans Texas Corridor is one of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s pet projects. It is a massive toll road that will swallow up over a half million acres of rural land via eminent domain. That land will become government property used not only for transportation but as State owned rental property in direct competition with local business. Governor Perry’s aide, Dan Shelley, worked for Cintra, the Spanish firm that won the $7.2B bid for the road project. Unfortunately, few voters in Texas know much about it. For more info, you can check the following links:

    http://www.corridorwatch.org/ttc/index.htm
    http://blog.deltos.com/SJR/archives/000358.html
    http://www.firericwilliamson.com/
    http://www.houstonfreeways.com/statesman_2004-12-12.htm
    http://www.keeptexasmoving.com/about/
    http://keathmilligan.net/view.php?id=421

  2. 2 cw said at 5:00 pm on February 3rd, 2005:

    Projects like this are happening too often, as cities and developers incestuously bargain for more. Sprawling cities pay their price in so many ways, people are only fooling themselves when they promote these gargantuan projects.


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