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Grimes County Residents Rally Against I-69

By: Toni Harrison
By: Toni Harrison

It was a long evening for some residents in Grimes county. Hundreds of residents rallied in front of the courthouse tonight and their mission was focused, to show opposition to I-69 also known as the Trans Texas Corridor. A proposed interstate highway that could run through the county. And if it does, it could also mean that the state would take property through eminent domain to construct the project.

"It will split our county between four to five-thousand acres. I think it will just demolish Grimes County," said Julian Melchor, Grimes County Commissioner, Pct. 3.

Some residents believe it will split the county and all evening they chanted things like 1-2-3-4 we don't want this corridor. But it wasn't all in vain, they have gained support from some in Austin. Representative Lois Kolkhorst showed up to show her opposition.

"This is a subject that is very near and dear to my heart. I believe strongly in private property rights I'm concerned about the magnitude of this project and the 1200 feet and not just access but access in rural areas," said Lois Kolkhorst, (R) Brenham.

Her support at the rally was just icing on the cake for some. After all, county commissioners unanimously approved a resolution last week also opposing the project. But this project also has its supporters, one of which is Gov. Perry. However on this issue, the republican Kolkhorst opposes her republican governor's stance.

"I know many senators are thinking it will never happen. But, I'm trying to put those safe guards in place to ensure that the people have rights in the whole process," said Kolkhorst.


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