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In late August of 2015, Wildflower Center director Michael Abkowitz wrote a sharp letter to TxDOT and CTRMA stating that construction of these three segments would have cumulative effects on the Wildflower Center, and that even building just Phase I of SH 45 SW would “jeopardize” the existence of the Center.

The Wildflower Center letter goes on to argue that, because the Center’s mission depends on quiet and beauty in its gardens, the proposed 45 SW and South Mopac toll expansions would exact a “constructive taking” of the Wildflower Center, which is prohibited under federal highway law.  

To our knowledge, TxDOT and CTRMA have had no meaningful response to the Wildflower Center’s letter.  The letter was endorsed by senior officials at the University of Texas, which operates the Center as a research, outdoor education, and community center.  

In late August Wildflower Center director Michael Abkowitz wrote a sharp letter to TxDOT and CTRMA stating that construction of these three segments would have cumulative effects on the Wildflower Center, and that even building just Phase I of SH 45 SW would “jeopardize” the existence of the Center.  [[insert link to Wildflower Center letter in place of yellow shading; letter attached]]

The Wildflower Center letter goes on to argue that, because the Center’s mission depends on quiet and beauty in its gardens, the proposed 45 SW and South Mopac toll expansions would exact a “constructive taking” of the Wildflower Center, which is prohibited under federal highway law. 

To our knowledge, TxDOT and CTRMA have had no meaningful response to the Wildflower Center’s letter.  The letter was endorsed by senior officials at the University of Texas, which operates the Center as a research, outdoor education, and community center.  

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