FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 06/11/2008
Texas Department of Transportation Scraps Plan for Trans-Texas Corridor-I69
-Great News for House District 28-
Austin, TX – State Representative John Zerwas with much joy welcomed the announcement by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) on its formal change in direction of state transportation planning.
Today, TxDOT formally scraped the original Trans-Texas Corridor I-69 (TTC I-69) route which would have cut huge swaths through House District 28 and other parts of Texas. TxDOT will now focus its attention to upgrading the existing footprint of US Highway 59 to create the long awaited Interstate 69 in order to meet the current and future demands of our transportation infrastructure.
Rep. Zerwas stated "I am excited to hear of this great news for Waller, Wharton, and Fort Bend Counties. I've been working diligently with local officials and grassroots organizations to stop the TTC since being sworn in as State Representative. This is a huge victory for private property rights. I thank everyone in my district who made their voices heard and aggressively took a stand for their rights as Texans."
This announcement comes in a series of positive changes at TxDOT in response to an overwhelming amount of public concern and disapproval of the massive Trans-Texas Corridor which was approved in 2003 with little public input or legislative debate. After dozens of public hearings and town hall meetings across the state, TxDOT received over 28,000 public comments opposing the TTC.
Rep. Zerwas concluded, "I look forward to the challenging task ahead and stand encouraged by the new cooperation between TxDOT and the Legislature. While this announcement brings great relief, be assured I will remain vigilant in the important challenge of creating a transportation policy that meets the needs of the people of Texas and respects private property rights.”
CONTACT: Brad Westmoreland