What's At Stake
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is rushing to extend and expand Mopac adjacent to and immediately south of the Center. If built as planned, the project would deliver high-speed Interstate 35 car and truck traffic to the door step and fence line of the Center. The resulting air, noise, water and light pollution, visual blight, and traffic disruption would do irreparable harm to the Center and to the visitor experience.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
“We feel that the Selected [SH 45 SW] Alternative as currently designed to funnel 30,000 plus vehicles a day past the Wildflower Center will have significant adverse impact on the Wildflower Center and jeopardizes its viability.”
-Interim Executive Director Mike Abkowitz
letter to TxDOT, August 21, 2015
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Your support could determine whether the Wildflower Center lives or dies. Please take a few minutes to make a donation to help us protect the Center from the proposed Mopac/SH 45 SW toll loop.
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How We Got Here
On February 25, 2016 The Friends of the Wildflower Center and twelve other parties filed suit against TxDOT and the Austin toll road agency, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, to demand that TxDOT comply with federal environmental protection laws before they build the proposed toll loop. You can read the lawsuit complaint here and the press statement here.
One of our lawsuit claims is that construction of the proposed toll project would cause severe damage to the Wildflower Center in violation of federal highway law. (See pages 28 to 29 of the complaint.) The Center requires quiet, beautiful gardens and clean air and water to serve its conservation and education mission. As set out in former Interim Director Mike Abkowitz’s letter to TxDOT, the project threatens the viability of the Wildflower Center.