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TxDOT seeks public comment on highway needs
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CORPUS CHRISTI – The public is invited to participate in a public hearing to offer comments on proposed future improvements for highways in Aransas, Bee, Goliad, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Live Oak, Nueces, Refugio and San Patricio counties as part of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

The hearings will begin with an open house at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, to view project lists and maps, and then a public hearing beginning at 6 p.m. at the TxDOT Beeville Maintenance Office, 662 U.S. 181 North Bypass.

The TIP is both a funding process and a funding document. The TIP projects for these counties are planned for construction over the next four years. There is an opportunity to update the plans by public opinion, changes in design, and environmental concerns which could push a project forward or backward, depending on funding, both state and federal.

TxDOT is responsible for selecting projects for funding programs. While the local TxDOT District is responsible for selecting projects with various funding sources at the district level, the Texas Transportation Commission (TTC), which serves as the policy-making body for TxDOT, then selects all other projects on a statewide competitive basis. The projects selected under each of the relevant funding categories are listed in the TIP.

The full TIP document is available for review at the TxDOT Corpus Christi District Office, the four District Area Offices (Corpus Christi, Sinton, Alice and Karnes City), and the 11 District Maintenance Offices (Alice, Beeville, Corpus Christi, George West, Goliad, Karnes City, Kingsville, Refugio, Robstown, Rockport and Sinton).

Written comments may be mailed to Paula Sales-Evans, P.E., Transportation Planning and Development Director, TxDOT-Corpus Christi District, 1701 South Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas 78416. Comments must be received by Monday, May 19, at 5 p.m. to be included in the plan.

The public hearings will be conducted in English, but some Spanish-speaking staff may be available for translation assistance. Persons interested in attending the meeting who have need of special accommodations are encouraged to contact the TxDOT-Corpus Christi District at 361-808-2481 at least three business days prior to the meeting. Every attempt will be made to provide reasonable accommodations.

For more information, contact Paula Sales-Evans, P.E., at 361-808-2222 or Rickey Dailey at 361-808-2544.
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