TxDOT Forming TTC 35 & I-69/TTC Advisory Committees
Series of Town Hall Meetings & Public Hearings Begins
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is gathering applications for the Trans-Texas Corridor 35 and I-69/TTC advisory committees. The committees will study the projects' development and include affected property and business owners, representatives of local government and chambers of commerce, as well as environmental, technical, and engineering experts, among others. Applications are available at www.txdot.gov and are due by Friday, February 8.
Also of great importance is the January 15th commencement of TxDOT's series of 11 town hall meetings and 46 public hearings on the Trans-Texas Corridor, comprehensive development agreements, I-69, and related topics. These meetings will provide interested Texans with the opportunity to pose questions to a panel of TxDOT representatives and offer their verbal and written commentary.
"As Texas grows from 23 million to 40 million residents over the next several decades, careful study of the expansion of our highway system will be needed to ensure a healthy business climate and the continued flow of jobs to Texas," said Senator Hegar. "With this tremendous growth we must take great care in planning to protect our natural resources and quality of life. I do not believe a 1,200 foot wide corridor is necessary in Senate District 18, and I know that many of my constituents agree. That is why I strongly encourage attendance at these extremely important meetings."
Although Senate District 18 is protected by the 2 year moratorium prohibiting TxDOT from entering into new comprehensive development agreements for the construction of tolled roadway projects, the environmental impact studies for I-69/TTC are currently underway. The environmental impact studies will determine the ultimate route for the project, so it is of vital importance that all who wish to be a part of the process attend the meetings and offer their input regarding where roads should not be built due to the negative impact they would have on the local environment. Senator Hegar strongly encourages all interested parties to participate in the meetings to ensure their comments and concerns are added to the official record.
"In traveling throughout Senate District 18, questions about the Trans-Texas Corridor and toll roads are some of the most frequent questions that I encounter. I am encouraged that concerned Texans will be able to voice their ideas and objections in a formal setting, because the input of local residents is of the highest value and must be given the weight it deserves," said Senator Hegar.
Residents of Senate District 18 should note the following upcoming meetings:
AC Jones High School Cafeteria
1902 N. Adams St.
Austin County Fairgrounds Building
State Hwy 159 East
Bryan Civic Auditorium
800 S. Coulter Drive
Corpus Christi 02/14/2008
Omni Hotel Nueces Ballroom
900 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Edna High School
1303 West Gayle
El Campo 02/21/2008
El Campo Civic Center
2350 N Mechanic
Goliad Memorial Auditorium
925 S. US Highway 183
Hempstead 1/22/2008* & 02/27/2008
Knights of Columbus Hall
22892 Mack Washington
Arabia Shrine Center
2900 North Braeswood
Refugio County Community Center
305 Swift St.
Rosenberg 1/24/2008* & 2/25/2008
Rosenberg Civic Center
3825 Highway 36
Sealy High School
2372 Championship Drive
Victoria 1/29/2008* & 2/27/2008
Victoria Community Center Annex
2905 E. North Street
Waller High School
20950 Fields Store Rd
Wharton High School
#1 Tiger Avenue
Registration for most of the above meetings begins at 5pm; registration for meeting dates followed by an asterisk (*) begins at 5:30pm. All of the above meetings will commence at 6:30pm.
To prepare for the meetings, interested parties can reference the recently released I-69 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) by visiting http://ttc.keeptexasmoving.com/pdfs/projects/i69/deis/summary.pdf, see the full schedule at http://ttc.keeptexasmoving.com/projects/i69/hearings.aspx, and submit written commentary at http://ttc.keeptexasmoving.com/comments_questions/comments_i69.aspx.
Other related news events concerning transportation: a legislative study committee will begin to meet in January to address concerns regarding the financing mechanism for I-69 and the Trans-Texas Corridor (comprehensive development agreements), TxDOT will begin forming corridor segment committees to focus on potential individual segments of the TTC, the Sunset Advisory Commission will continue its review of TxDOT, and finally, legislators will begin drafting bills for filing in January of 2009.
Senator Hegar is currently serving his first term in the Texas Senate after serving two terms in the House of Representatives. He is a 6th generation Texan, and earns a living farming rice and corn on land that has been in his family since the mid 1800s. The Hegars reside in Katy, Texas.