On February 25th, a coalition of individuals and conservation, neighborhood and civic groups filed suit in federal court to force a comprehensive environmental study of the extension and expansion of South Mopac over the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer recharge zone.

Specifically, the suit seeks to stop construction of the proposed SH 45 SW toll road extension to South Mopac, the addition of six non-tolled lanes to the southern 2.1 miles of Mopac, and the addition of 2 to 4 toll lanes to the 8.1 mile stretch of Mopac from north of Slaughter Lane to Cesar Chavez until a federal environmental study is completed on the entire three-segment project.

Austin activist Shudde Fath is the lead plaintiff. Other plaintiffs include former Austin mayors Carole Keeton and Frank Cooksey; citizen activists and music industry stalwarts Susan and Jerry Jeff Walker; and Keep Mopac Local coalition members Save Our Springs Alliance, Save Barton Creek Association, Clean Water Action, and The Friendship Alliance of Northern Hays County. Two new groups, the Friends of the Wildflower Center and Mopac Corridor Neighbors Alliance, are also plaintiffs.


Read the plaintiffs' press statement here and the lawsuit itself here.