Rare Spider Shuts Down Huge Construction Project

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By: Christina Coleman

A rare spider called the Braken Bat Cave Meshweaver was found at a construction site near Highway 151 and Wiseman Road. The 15.1 million dollar project will be put on hold until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Federal Highway Administration considers ways to possibly continue the project without disrupting the spiders potential habitat.The Texas Department of Transportation had biologists on site since it was determined that the area has lots of cracks that would possibly have a variety of organisms in them. Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Josh Donat says the project became subject to the Endangered Species Act once the rare spider was discovered, "This is the second individual spider that's ever been found. It's not like we found 1 of 5,000 individuals in a species.

This is the second time this species has ever been seen by human eyes.  The last time it was seen was 32 years ago in 1980 in a little piece of property not far from here."The discovery could stop the project all together.

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