Texans turn out in droves to speak about corridor proposal

| 1/18/2008

Hundreds of residents are showing up at public meetings to speak their minds about the Lone Star state’s controversial Trans-Texas Corridor.

Meetings began Tuesday, Jan. 15, in Texarkana with a reported attendance of 150 people. The next two meetings in Carthage and Lufkin drew hundreds according to news reports.

The Texas Department of Transportation scheduled 11 public meetings to gather comments leading up to a series of 46 official public hearings scheduled from early February to early March.

In the current round of “town hall” meetings, the public can make verbal and/or written comments to officials about the corridor phase known as TTC-69.

TxDOT generally describes the TTC-69 as a new highway, Interstate 69, featuring toll lanes, separate truck and passenger vehicle lanes, railway corridors and utility lines from South Texas to the state’s northeast border with Oklahoma.

Residents in the general areas that the TTC-69 would go are upset that the state would need to acquire up to 600,000 acres of land for the corridor.

Public meetings are scheduled to continue next week in Hempstead, Huntsville and Rosenberg, TX.

Click here for TxDOT’s meeting schedule.

– By David Tanner, staff writer