The recent discovery of an endangered spider at the construction site of a $15.1 million highway underpass means the state will have to completely redesign it.
The Texas Department of Transportation’s redesign, though unknown, will have to steer away from any significant excavation of the area where the spider might live.
So construction of an underpass is “highly unlikely,” TxDOT San Antonio spokesman Josh Donat said Monday. “We’ve been asked to avoid further excavation if we can.”
The state decided last week, after consulting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Federal Highway Administration, to turn loose the contractor, Ballenger Construction, because the road is stalled.
Whatever new project TxDOT designs will have to win the approval of both federal agencies.
Construction was halted in mid-September after the discovery of a single spider.