NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -Wednesday night East Texas citizens had the opportunity to talk "transportation." A town hall meeting was held in Nacogdoches, at Stephen F. Austin University Center. TxDOT representatives from Austin along with the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) were on the forum.
Representatives from TxDOT were available to answer the questions and hear the concerns of the public.
TxDOT said a few years ago they received criticism that they were not interested in what the public had to say about transportation. TxDOT says that is far from true, they are concerned. The town hall meetings, which will be held across Texas, is an effort to change the way they address issues of the public.
In addition, at the Nacogdoches meeting, TxDOT informed East Texans they can look forward to seeing safer and better roads.
John Barton, Assistant Executive Director of TxDOT Engineering Operations said, "We're going to be doing a lot of safety and maintenance type projects, because we want to make sure we maintain our roadways and make them safer, so we'll be widening some roads in East Texas, re-surfacing a lot of those."
The town hall meeting brought out a good number of concerned citizens. Some of which were were glad TxDOT took out the opportunity to come to East Texas. Many felt this meeting is just another way to stay involved.
Once concerned citizen, that stood before the panel, told KTRE," If we don't come out to learn and get involved with our transportation and taxes and so forth, who's going to stand up for us? So we have to show up occasionally," he laughs.
TxDOT officials also mentioned that the big projects such as the 59 construction project in Lufkin and the interchange in South Nacogdoches are what will bring mobility to East Texas and they will continue to partner with city officials to make sure those projects are finished.