Some Local Land Owners Jump for Joy; No TTC for Them

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

Texas Department of Transportation employees spent the last few months, getting an earful.

"Most of the people in Grimes County don't want it at all, don't want it at all," said a speaker at a Trans Texas Corridor hearing in February.

Now, it looks like all the opposition to the TTC/ I-69 project has paid off.

Initial studies had the super highway running right through Walker and Grimes County.

Those areas are no longer under consideration. Instead, TXDOT says it will use existing roads.

"Landowners said no we don't want this and we're not gonna take it," said Charlie Wendt.

Wendt's 280 acres were in the original study area.

"I think it wrangled some people, and I know it did me, is the arrogance of saying we're gonna take it," said Wendt.

Much of the land in Grimes County could have been in the TTC path, including historic Shiro Cemetery.

"That was one of the main reasons that we were worried to death about this corridor coming through this way, because that's where all of our family is buried," said Kathie Wendt.

Gravesites and a legacy would have been uprooted.

"Thank goodness someone listened, prayer works," said Kathie.

Grimes County Judge Betty Shiflett, says the decision proves democracy works too.

"It has renewed my faith in the democratic system. The people spoke and they listened. It's a great history lesson," said Shiflett.

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