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Streetsblog calls SH99 a ‘story of corruption and waste’

“Fritter away billions”

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A multi-part story on highway funding in Texas, and in particular the influence of developers and business interests in launching State Highway 99, a 180-mile new loop around Houston, began today at DC.Streetsblog.org.

Headlined “Texas Sprawl Builders Funneled Taxpayer $ to Highway The Enriched Them,” the story charges, among other things, that former Houston Mayor and landowner Bob Lanier and Cinco Ranch developer Billy Burge ” diverted $4.5 million from the [Meetro] transit fund’s coffers to help further design work on the Grand Parkway” while Lanier was head of the Metro board and Burge a board member. Burge is now president of the Grand Parkway Association.

The story ends by teasing for the next post, which apparently will be about developer and Texas Transportation Commissioner Ned Holmes and his roll in bringing State Highway 99 to its current state of high speed development by TxDOT.

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