Whether for or against the construction of the I-69/Trans-Texas Corridor, the Texas Department of Transportation is interested in Texas residents’ opinions. The Trans-Texas Corridor proposal calls for a 4,000-mile system of rail lines, 10 lanes of roadway, utility routes and consumer facilities, crossing the state. Suggested benefits, according to TxDOT, are less congestion, more reliable transportation networks and improved air quality. Ray Anderson, a citizen from Kingwood, has concerns regarding the validity of the project. “The Trans-Texas Corridor will consume more than one million acres of Texas, the bunching of vital utility lifelines is of concern to me and the land used for the highway will be removed from school district tax rolls,” said Anderson. “I also question where the money to build the highway will be coming from.” TxDOT is holding an open house and public hearing Thursday, Feb. 28. The open house starts at 5 p.m. and the public hearing begins at 6:30. For additional information, call: I-69/TTC Public Involvement Team at 1-866-554-6989, option 2 or go to www.keeptexasmoving.com/index.php/trans-texas_corridor.

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