AUSTIN (AP) - The Texas Transportation Commission today approved
one step of a plan for development of a southern part of Interstate
It's a segment in the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor toll road
Commissioners agreed to go with a master plan proposal by Zachry
American Infrastructure and a Spanish firm -- ACS Infrastructure.
Zachry is a unit of San Antonio-based Zachry Construction.
The measure would develop the southern section of U.S. 77 to
interstate standards -- without tolling that part of the road. But
the company wants to build and operate 1.5 billion dollars worth of
toll roads in South Texas to generate the money needed to develop
that existing highway.
A separate environmental study is ongoing for I-69.
Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom, which has been critical
of the transportation agency, call the commission's decision a
"slap in the face to the people of Texas."
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