TxDOT holds public meetings on Statewide Transportation Plan
Houston County Courier
LUFKIN - The Texas De-partment of Transportation (TxDOT) will host a series of open-house style public meet-ings across Texas to give citizens an opportunity to provide feedback on a long-range plan that provides the agency with a blueprint for the state’s future transportation needs. TxDOT’s 25 districts will host two public meetings, one each in May and August to provide the public an opportu-nity to preview the agency’s Statewide Long-Range Trans-portation Plan 2035. The Lufkin District will host the first of two district meet-ings between 4 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4th at its district office located at 1805 N. Tim-berland Drive in Lufkin. Meetings are designed to give Texans an informal venue for viewing informational videos and exhibits outlining the statewide initiative. Participants may ask ques-tions and provide written comments on the direction of the plan which is scheduled to be completed and ready for public hearing and Commis-sion adoption this fall. The Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan is the foundation that will guide the planning process, a collabora-tive effort between TxDOT, local and regional decision-makers, and all transportation stakeholders, said Amadeo Saenz, TxDOT executive di-rector. “It’s important that we take this opportunity to reach out to citizens so they may be a part of shaping the future of transportation in Texas,” Saenz said. “This plan will provide a framework for developing and implementing a multi-modal transportation system through 2035. We need to hear from Texans-transportation partners, elected officials, industry stakeholders and citizens.” This statewide plan also pro-vides the foundation for a number of other TxDOT plan-ning efforts such the Rail Plan, the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan and corridor-related initiatives, and it provides direction that makes it easier for all of these different planning efforts to work in coordination. It also assures the state’s goals are consistent with federal priori-ties and guidelines. Citizens who cannot attend the meeting may send written comments to Peggy Thurin, P.E., Project Manager, State-wide Long-Range Transporta-tion Plan 2035, 4544 Post Oak Place, #224, Houston, TX 77027. Comments may also be made online at the TxDOT website contact us page. Persons with special com-munication or accommodation needs may contact Kathi White, public information of-ficer, at (936) 633-4395. Requests should be made no later than three days prior to the open house-style public meeting. Every reasonable effort will be made to accom-modate the needs.