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Texans Speak Out on Massive Highway Project

A coalition of Texas drivers, civic leaders and employers is encouraging citizens to voice their opinions on the Interstate 69 Trans-Texas Corridor project. Houston Public Radio’s Pat Hernandez reports a series of the public hearing are now underway.

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During the past two months, the Texas Department of Transportation held several town hall meetings to help educate and inform citizens on the proposal to easily move motorists from Brownsville and Laredo all the way up to Texarkana, where there currently is no good option.

“These public hearings are the best forum for people to share their views on the project.”

Bill Noble is executive director of Texans for Safe Reliable Transportation.

“A lot of Texans have concerns about private property rights and having land taken for a road that may not be necessary, and a big part of the education is to help Texans understand the growth that our state is experiencing and will experience in the future.”

He says the next stage of the process will be a review of the public testimony and a possible re-routing and additional study areas within the massive super-highway project.

“If there are additional study areas, they’ll actually, uh…repeat the process of the public hearings in those additional study areas. Ultimately then, the next phase would be to determine how to pay for it.”

Information on public hearing locations can be found at keeptexasmoving.com.

Pat Hernandez, Houston Public Radio News.

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