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Environmentalist Group to File Lawsuit Against TxDOT

Environmentalist Group to File Lawsuit Against TxDOT
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POSTED: Monday, February 6, 2012 - 7:17pm

UPDATED: Monday, February 6, 2012 - 7:25pm

EL PASO - Construction on Transmountain could be halted as a result of a lawsuit filed Monday in Austin.

The El Paso Sierra Club said they were proud of open spaces like this one on the Westside.

After seeing the latest $85 million state-funded project to revamp Transmountain, the group intends to file a lawsuit against the Texas Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration to keep the area as preserved as possible.

"Force TxDOT to perform a full environmental impact statement. What that would do is require TxDOT to require all alternatives not just current design," Addington said.

Bill Addington said he's not opposed to expanding the highway.

"What we are opposed to are the four bridges. They would promote sprawl and put pressure on the city-owned public land," Addington said.

The representative of the area, Anne Morgan Lilly, said the new project would improve safety for the area.

"Which is really really needed. I think last year there were 3 deaths in this particular part of Transmountain," Lilly said.

Addington said the public wasn't included in the newest development plans for Transmountain and that's yet another reason to file suit.

"As a representative of that area I do not have calls to my office saying I do not want that road. In fact I have calls saying when is it going to start? Hurry up," Lilly said.

Representative Lilly said you should start seeing construction on Transmountain within the year.

We contacted TxDOT about the lawsuit, but they could not make any comments.

If you're interested in checking out the plans for Transmountain Road for yourself click here.

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