Time to speak out: TXDOT hearings on rural transportation improvement

LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - The public is invited to attend a public hearing to give input on the transportation plan that determines project funding. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has set the hearing for next week.

The proposed Lufkin District FY 2011-2014 Rural Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) will be available for viewing prior to the hearing scheduled for 5 p.m., November 16 at the Lufkin District Office. The plan covers Angelina, Houston, Nacogdoches, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby and Trinity counties. The hearing is being conducted to receive public comments on the initial adoption of the plan. TxDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will use the TIP to fund projects for the next four years, including all federally funded projects. The document is currently available for viewing at the Lufkin District Office located at 1805 N. Timberland Drive.

Those unable to attend the hearing can still participate in the process by viewing the proposed rural TIP document at the TxDOT office or online at http://www.txdot.gov/business/governments/stips.htm. Click on 2011-2014 District Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan and select Lufkin under the "Highway" and/or "Transit" columns. Written comments can be submitted at the hearing or sent to Sam Skrehot at: TxDOT Lufkin District, 1805 N. Timberland Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75901 or via e-mail at Sam.Skrehot@txdot.gov. All comments must be received by 5 p.m. November 29, 2010.

Citizens with special communication or accommodation needs who plan to attend the hearing should contact the district public information office at (936) 633-4395 at least two days prior to the event date. TxDOT will make every reasonable effort to accommodate special needs requests.

For additional information, contact Kathi White at (936) 633-4395 or Sam Skrehot at (936) 633-4397. Information about the department is also available through its website at www.txdot.gov.