An eyeless spider in Bexar County is costing taxpayers $44 million.

On the northwest side of San Antonio, construction of a badly needed intersection of two roadways was halted two years ago by the Texas Department of Transportation on the discovery of the Braken Bat Cave meshweaver, as the spider is known.

The project has sat idle while state and federal officials decided what to do about it. Their solution, of course, involve lots of money. Your money.

Originally designed as an underpass, the new interchange will be built as an overpass — at three times the original price tag, according to media reports and TxDOT officials. Put another way, taxpayers could have built three such interchanges for the price of this one, all because of an eyeless spider.

Maybe someone should have just bought a can of bug spray…

Michael Quinn Sullivan

A graduate of Texas A&M, former newspaper reporter, one-time Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president, and an Eagle Scout, Michael Quinn Sullivan and his wife have three children. He is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. Check out his podcast, “Reflections on Life and Liberty.”