I-10 freight corridor study seeks public comment

| 2/20/2002

Transportation officials along the Interstate 10 corridor are asking for public comment to help determine improvements needed to ease congestion and enhance safety on the corridor and evaluate the entire system. A series of public open houses to get input from people who live and work along the corridor will be held over the next couple of weeks.

The National I-10 Freight Corridor Study will gather information on how Interstate-10 truck traffic affects air quality, safety, road maintenance and local economies along the corridor. The study also will gather information on freight movement and the interstate's physical condition and identify trouble spots along the route, as well as identify operational problems for all drivers.

Although the study is focusing on freight movement along I-10, consideration will be given to roadways that feed I-10 from large freight moving areas, including manufacturing and distribution centers, seaports, air cargo facilities and railroad intermodal yards. The eight states the corridor passes through include California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Public meetings are scheduled in Phoenix, and San Antonio, Feb. 25; Tucson, AZ, and Houston, Feb. 26; Baton Rouge, LA, and El Paso, TX, Feb. 27; Las Cruces, NM, and Kenner, LA, Feb. 28; Gulfport, MS, Mar. 4; Mobile, AL, Mar. 5; Tallahassee, FL, Mar. 6; and Jacksonville, FL, Mar. 7. All meetings are scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Topics to be considered include adding new lanes to I-10, identifying alternative corridors, diverting trucks to rail and the potential for developing rail corridors and truck-only lanes. For more information, call Peggy Thurin at (512) 486-5036 or visit www.i10freightstudy.org.