(Image Source: Zara Environmental)

 
BY LOGAN TITTLE
ANCHORED BY MEGAN MURPHY
 

People say ‘everything is bigger in Texas’ and a 15 million dollar highway project sounds like a pretty big thing, but what stopped it was actually pretty small.


“A rare spider stops a multi-million dollar construction project. The project is supposed to create an underpass to eliminate traffic congestion ... the discovery of the braken bat cave meshweaver spider in a crack along the highway has put the 15-million dollar project on hold.”


The braken bat cave meshweaver is an eyeless spider, no bigger than a dime and was found after rain exposed a 6-foot-deep natural hole in a highway median.


WTLV reports this iddy biddy spider hasn’t been seen since around 1980 and boy were scientists stoked!


"You get the biologists on site here to start looking at it and they start geeking out like a bunch of 15 year olds at comic con, i mean they're really super excited about this."


But Fox News says not everyone is as thrilled about the find. John Miller, a resident in the area where the spider was found, says there are more important things to worry about than an endangered insect—like jobs.


“It's kind of ridiculous. Here’s a spider that’s the size of a dime. and they haven’t seen it in 30 years. It put so many people out of work and to delay a 15 million dollar project is ridiculous.”


Biologists have discovered 19 cave features, similar to the hole the meshweaver was found in, since the construction began. The construction project will be put on hold until both biologists and the Department of Transportation can find a way to maintain the spider’s habitat.

Rare Spider Shuts Down $15M Texas Construction Project

by Logan Tittle
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Sep 14, 2012

Rare Spider Shuts Down $15M Texas Construction Project

(Image Source: Zara Environmental)

 
BY LOGAN TITTLE
ANCHORED BY MEGAN MURPHY
 

People say ‘everything is bigger in Texas’ and a 15 million dollar highway project sounds like a pretty big thing, but what stopped it was actually pretty small.


“A rare spider stops a multi-million dollar construction project. The project is supposed to create an underpass to eliminate traffic congestion ... the discovery of the braken bat cave meshweaver spider in a crack along the highway has put the 15-million dollar project on hold.”


The braken bat cave meshweaver is an eyeless spider, no bigger than a dime and was found after rain exposed a 6-foot-deep natural hole in a highway median.


WTLV reports this iddy biddy spider hasn’t been seen since around 1980 and boy were scientists stoked!


"You get the biologists on site here to start looking at it and they start geeking out like a bunch of 15 year olds at comic con, i mean they're really super excited about this."


But Fox News says not everyone is as thrilled about the find. John Miller, a resident in the area where the spider was found, says there are more important things to worry about than an endangered insect—like jobs.


“It's kind of ridiculous. Here’s a spider that’s the size of a dime. and they haven’t seen it in 30 years. It put so many people out of work and to delay a 15 million dollar project is ridiculous.”


Biologists have discovered 19 cave features, similar to the hole the meshweaver was found in, since the construction began. The construction project will be put on hold until both biologists and the Department of Transportation can find a way to maintain the spider’s habitat.

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