You can make your comments on the plan at an open-house style public meeting in Odessa on Thursday, Aug. 5. It is the second round of a series of meetings being held across the state this summer for what is officially called “the Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan 2035”.
“The plan needs to address all the transportation challenges that face Texas over the next 25 years,” TxDOT spokesman Glen Larum said.
“And there are a lot of them,” added Larum, who is the Public Information Officer for TxDOT’s 12-county Odessa District. “Texas has aging highways and bridges that need to be repaired and replaced; cities with tremendous traffic congestion problems; and a booming population that means more cars and trucks on the road every day.
“The big question is: How do we deal with all that,” he said. “The answer is: “Every way we can think of.”
The plan will address the need for improvements to all modes of transportation -highways, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, transit systems, freight rail, passenger rail, airports, water ports, pipelines, and Intelligent Transportation Systems.
“The purpose of this second series of meetings is to present project updates and to solicit comments and input to aid in the development of the plan,” Larum said. Information will be available for viewing at the meetings, including exhibits and videos about the status and results of the study to-date.
The Odessa meeting will be held in the Large Conference Room of the Texas Department of Transportation District office at 3901 E Hwy 80 on August 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Representatives from TxDOT will be in attendance to discuss the development of the plan and answer questions. Forms will be provided for submitting written comments.
Information regarding additional meeting locations throughout the state can be found at www.txdot.gov, key word: transportation plan 2035 or by calling the project’s toll-free information line at 1-888-5-TX-PLAN (1-888-589-7526).
For those unable to attend the open-house style public meeting, written comments can be submitted on the project website at: www.txdot.gov, key word: transportation plan 2035; by email at: TPP_txtranplan@dot.state.tx.us; or by mail to: Peggy Thurin, P.E., Project Manager, Statewide Transportation Plan 2035, 4544 Post Oak Place, Suite 224, Houston, Texas, 77027.
Persons with special communication or accommodation needs may call Larum at 432-498-4746 for assistance. Requests should be made no later than three days prior to the meeting. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate needs.