SA group calls for boycott of Highway 130 'boondoggle'

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by KVUE.com and KENS 5 staff

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Posted on November 12, 2012 at 3:33 PM

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A protest took place on Monday in San Antonio to call for a boycott of the fastest highway in the country, the new SH-130 toll road.

The 41-mile stretch opened October 24 with a posted speed limit of 85 mph.

Sunday marked the first day for driver to pay to use the road. The toll road had been free for the first two weeks.

The groups "Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom" and "Texans for Accountable Government" are calling for the boycott citing several concerns with the Spain-based toll operator, Cintra.

They say the highway poses a danger to the public with its 85-mph speed limit, and that the state has done little to prevent collisions with feral hogs.

The 85 mph stretch of SH-130 saw its first deadly crash Sunday afternoon in Mustang Ridge, just south of ABIA.

Police said the driver of a Honda Civic died after colliding with a Chevy Tahoe. The driver of the Chevy Tahoe suffered only minor injuries.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Meanwhile Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom claim cronyism with state politicians and Cintra paved the way for the highway.

"I think the whole thing is a boondoggle," said Terri Hall. "It's a big fat failure. And the only language that our politicians and Cintra understand is that of money! And so we need to vote with our wallets and our cars and say no to foreign-owned toll roads in Texas. So. we're asking Texans to boycott this road."
  
The group says they plan on making their presence known in Austin at the start of the state legislative session next year.

 

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