According to a Courthouse News Service article, business owners are going to court demanding Texas stop construction of the LBJ Express Project because they say the Texas Department of Transportation didn’t prepare impact assessments of its takings.

Lead plaintiff Lamar Advantage Outdoor Co. owns five billboards on I-35 east that are affected by highway construction, the company says. Plaintiff Ralston Outdoor Advertising owns four nearby billboards. There are six additional plaintiffs involved in the case.

In July 2011 attorneys asked TxDOT for a copy of Taking Impact Assessments for the project, and said TxDOT officials said they didn’t have them after a month passed. The plaintiffs are arguing that TIA’s are required by law before governmental agencies can implement projects.

Plaintiffs say in May 2012 TxDOT said they didn’t need to prepare a TIA.

Nevertheless they want the project declared as invalid and work stopped.


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