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June 11, 2008

TxDOT Recommends Narrowing Study Area for Texas Portion of I-69/TTC

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced today that it will recommend that the I-69/Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) Project be developed using existing highway facilities wherever possible. If additional travel lanes are added to existing highways, only the new lanes would have tolls.

TxDOT Executive Director Amadeo Saenz, in a letter to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), wrote, "The preliminary basis for this decision centers on the review of nearly 28,000 public comments made on the Tier One DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact Statement). The overwhelming sentiment of these comments focused on the need to improve the existing transportation network" rather than building a new corridor for the project.

TxDOT's stated intention has been to focus on making needed improvements to existing and planned transportation facilities within the I-69/TTC study area. Such upgrades may fully satisfy the project's need to improve the international, interstate, and intrastate movement of people and goods for many decades.

If today's recommendation is approved by FHWA, plans for a separate new corridor would be dropped from future environmental reviews, and the existing infrastructure would serve as the study area for future environmental review.

TxDOT is expected to submit its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for public review prior to federal approval late in 2008 or early in 2009. FHWA approval of the FEIS does not authorize property acquisition or construction.

A copy of Saenz's letter to FHWA, a map reflecting TxDOT's recommendation and the complete news release are available on the internet at www.keeptexasmoving.com.


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Read the current issue of the transportation policy journal HORIZON, which focuses on the current state of our transportation infrastructure and the necessity of ongoing investment.

TxDOT: Open for Business The TxDOT: Open for Business – Pass-through Financing brochure is available in PDF format.
TxDOT: Open for Business The TxDOT: Open for Business – Regional Mobility Authority brochure is available in PDF format.
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TxDOT has a Plan In addition, the Strategic Plan for 2007-2011 is also available in PDF format.
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