Public meetings underway for Trans-Texas Corridor

| Friday, July 14, 2006

It’s a hefty schedule for a hefty project.

The Texas Department of Transportation has begun a series of 54 public meetings to gather public input about the Trans-Texas Corridor intermodal project. The meetings run through Aug. 10 and are scheduled in the proposed corridor areas, roughly defined as the Interstate 35 corridor and the Interstate 69 corridor.

The state and private investors are proposing a multi-modal project for intra- and interstate commerce using new and existing highways. Some officials and investors are talking about toll lanes as part of the project. Modes include truck-only toll lanes, lanes for four wheelers, a rail system and utility lines.

Public-comment periods are open for both corridor phases. For a schedule of the meeting times and locations, click here.

To submit e-mail comments on the I-35 corridor, which are due by Aug. 21, click here.

To submit e-mail comments on the I-69 corridor, which are being accepted on an “ongoing basis” according to TxDOT, click here.

Specific routes have not yet been determined, according to the TxDOT Web site. But, the state has partnered with a private investor, Cintra-Zachry, to construct the first phase of the project, the TTC-35 corridor, and could break ground as soon as next year.

Construction phases could be drawn out as long as 50 years.

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