FORT BEND COUNTY, TX – The Texas Department of Transportation’s I-69 Segment Committees, are seeking public input on the development of the proposed interstate system. I-69 is a proposed national interstate system that will be developed as a series of improvements using existing highways, including US Highway 59, as much as possible and seeks to utilize citizen input throughout the process.
Five groups of citizen committees have been making recommendations on how the interstate could best be developed. Each segment committee, has its own set of special needs and challenges. Projects identified by the segment committees are merely conceptual at this point, and public input is needed as the process continues. The I-69 Segment Three Committee Stretches from Refugio County to Harris County and includes Fort Bend County. Fort Bend County’s representative for the Segment Three Committee is Lane Ward.
There is no current funding to build I-69, however there is a possibility of getting a section of I-69 designated in Texas relatively soon. Designating existing suitable freeway sections as I-69 will establish the interstate in Texas. From there, using the citizen’s plan for I-69, TXDOT and state leaders can begin to identify funding sources to continue improvements on additional sections of I-69. TXDOT’s motto for I-69 is “Driven by Texas,” since the concept requires citizen involvement in the decision making process.
A Public Hearing will be held in Fort Bend County on Wednesday, August 3, 2011, at 6:00 P.M., at the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy located at 1521 Eugene Heimann Circle Richmond, Texas, 77469. The public is encouraged to attend the Public Hearing and submit written comments to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot), 125 E. 11th Street Austin, TX 78701 or online at www.txdot.gov/DrivenByTexans.
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