TxDOT to host open house style public meeting
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, will host an open-house style public meeting for the development of the Texas Rural Transportation Plan 2035. This plan will identify the transportation needs for all modes in rural Texas through 2035. In addition, the plan will include a prioritized list of highway projects that will allow TxDOT to focus its limited planning funds on the most needed highway projects.The purpose of this meeting is to present the criteria and process used to evaluate the highway projects, the findings for the non-highway modes, and to solicit comments and input to aid in the further development of the plan. Information will be available for viewing at the meetings including exhibits and handouts about the status and results of the study. 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.The open-house style public meeting in the Abilene District area will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2012 from 4-7 p.m. at the TxDOT Sweetwater Maintenance Office located at 7526 North I-20, Sweetwater, Texas 79556.Information regarding additional meeting locations throughout the state can be found at www.txdot.gov, key word: rural plan 2035 or by calling the project’s toll-free information line at 1-855-TX-RURAL (1-855-897-8725).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, Texas Rural Transportation Plan 2035, 4544 Post Oak Place, Suite 224, Houston, Texas, 77027.Persons with special communication or accommodation needs may call Blair Haynie, P.E., CFM, at (325) 676-6810 for assistance. Requests should be made no later than three days prior to the meeting. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate needs.