COUNTY JUDGE PULLS OUT OF ALLIANCE!

HARRIS COUNTY WANTS NO PART OF I-69!

Harris County Commissioners Court voted unanimously yesterday to withdraw its membership from the Alliance for I-69 Texas. County Judge Ed Emmett commented, “When the Alliance was first formed, the organization was committed to upgrading U.S. 59 to interstate status and designating portions of U. S. 59 to be part of I-69, the NAFTA highway. The Alliance now supports a corridor toll road that may run parallel to U. S. 59”. Judge Emmett stated that the Alliance of I-69 Texas was no longer an alliance for I-69 but an alliance for the Trans Texas Corridor.
In addition, Judge Emmett objected to the board of directors of the Alliance for I-69 Texas writing a letter to Governor Perry asking him to veto HB 1892, a bill that gives the Harris County Toll Road Authority control over toll projects in Harris County and that calls for a two-year moratorium on Comprehensive Development Assessments as part of the Trans Texas Corridor projects. Judge Emmett stated that a veto of HB 1892 would affect the county’s ability to address transportation infrastructure needs in the absence of state or federal dollars.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Sylvia Garcia added that she feels that Harris County spends too much money on membership fees without receiving real value for the dollars spent.