Saturday, August 05, 2006

Trans Texas Hearings Nearing an End: Tracking Hearing Outcomes

TxDOT began holding 54 hearings last month and will finish next week. The hearings have been designed to allow residents across the state to voice their concerns and to offer suggestions regarding the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor- 35 project.

Before TXDOT can move ahead with the TTC-35, a preliminary report must be submitted for approval by the Federal Highway Administration. If, and when, the Federal Highway Administration approves the study area sometime next summer, separate 2 to 5 year studies will be required to determine the exact routing of specific projects.

The news reports coming in following most of the TTC hearings across the state have shown overwhelming opposition to the corridor project. Since its inception, this entire TTC project has been shrouded in secrecy. Is there going to be any public oversight concerning the “official” results of these hearings? Will the “official” results mirror the evidence gathered in news reports? Doubtful!!!

A number of grass roots groups have started to track the outcomes of these public hearings. An excellent site keeping tabs (and showing various hearing videos) is Somervell County Salon at http://salon.glenrose.net/somnewsttc.asp

Lake Bridgeport Sandflat News will be compiling a listing of all published reports of the public hearings on the Trans Texas Corridor-35. We are looking for impact statements from local residents during the hearings. If you have published or read a published report following a hearing anywhere in Texas, please send a link to that published report to lakebridgeportnews@yahoo.com

The federal government requires that TXDOT must address public comments made about the TTC. Please take the opportunity to make your public comments before August 21st.

Go to the comments page at KeepTexasMoving.org

Or Mail your comment to:Mr. Ed Pensock, Jr., PEDirector of Turnpike Corridor Systems, Texas Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 14707, Austin, TX 78761-4707

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