LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Texas Department of Transportation has begun a series of statewide public meetings to address citizens' feedback on the Texas Transportation Plan (TTP) 2040.
On Thursday, TxDOT management visited the Lufkin location at 1805 N. Timberland Drive to hear what Angelina County residents had to say about the new plans, goals and objectives.
"We're doing our first round of public involvement. We developed goals and objectives and we're bringing them back out to the public and letting the public know what the needs analyses for transportation needs across the state is," said Michelle Conkle, the statewide planning and branch manager for TxDOT. "We're telling the public how much meeting those needs are going to cost and we're asking them to tell us how much they would budget money to meet their priorities and needs."
According to a press release, each meeting will have an interactive investment tool that "exhibits outlining the statewide initiative [that] will be presented at each meeting. Participants are invited to ask questions and provide written comments on the direction of the plan, which is scheduled to be completed and ready for public hearing and adoption by the Texas Transportation Commission this fall."
Most of the issues TxDOT is focusing on, Conkle said, are congestion and connectivity.
"In general, most of the needs in the urban areas, they're congested related and out in the rural areas, they're connectivity related, freight related needs. Of course, TxDOT's number one concern is safety whether we be urban or rural," Conkle said.
For a schedule of meetings and more information, visit www.txdot.gov.