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Resident, lawyer to fight Loop 9

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STAFF REPORT

The Ellis County Press

GLENN HEIGHTS - Maintained lawn. Check. Safe neighborhood. Check. A massive 12-lane toll road?

Amy Self didn’t factor Loop 9 into her plans when she bought it from a local Century 21 Judge Fite agent, but when she closed the deal on her house in Glenn Heights, the project highway of the controversial Trans-Texas Corridor – one of only six highway plans saved from a toll road moratorium bill passed in Austin last year - was planned right for her new front yard.

Self, along with her husband, have retained a Waxahachie defense lawyer to fight what other neighbors and area residents in Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Ovilla, Oak Leaf and southern Dallas County are finding out: that Loop 9 is headed right for them.

The Spanish conglomerate Cintra, has been awarded a contract to collect the tolls of the new Loop 9 toll road that stretches from eastern Dallas County through Midlothian. Cintra also got awarded the contract to take the toll revenue from San Antonio-area highways as part of Gov. Rick Perry’s Trans Texas Corridor system of highways.

Cintra, as part of the contracts, will build the highways.

"I just closed on my first house May 14," Self said. "it is in the direct path of either proposed plans for Loop 9. I have retained an attorney and am looking for anyone to join me who was told, or not told, and bought property in any of the hot zones. I have been told I have an excellent case for fraud but I need others to stand with me."

Self said she’s looking specifically for people who worked with Century 21’s The Michael Group, where she met the Realtor who sold her the property.

"We can share information and help each other," she said. "Please email me and I will respond in a timely manner with all I have learned about the legalities attatched to not only the owners but agents and brokers invovled…Why should our families be ruined? Why [do] they cash checks? Email at tictactaco@yahoo.com."

Proposed in the late 50s, Loop 9 was designed to be a reliever route for Loop 12 and Interstate Highway 20.

The plans call for diesel truck lanes and 12 lanes in all, with few on-ramps and off-ramps.

For more information about Loop 9, visit the state’s Web site at Loop9.org.

Opposition research can be found at StopLoop9.com.


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