Skip to comments.I-69 on federal 'fast track' road list
Posted on 02/05/2007 2:05:25 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The proposed I-69 project could be considered for "fast-track" development by the federal officials, stated Texas Department of Transportation officials this week.
Dubbed the "Nafta highway," I-69 has been proposed as a transportation corridor running from the Texas border through Michigan and into Canada. The highway could eventually replace parts of U.S. 59 running through Texas.
This summer, the U.S. Department of Transportation will be looking at a group of proposed, large-scale interstate highways for consideration as part of the Corridors of the Future program. Should I-69 be chosen as one of the Corridors, it would then receive "aggressive" support from federal officials in its development.
"The continued federal interest in I-69 highlights how important the corridor is for national congestion relief," said Amadeo Saenz, the assistant executive director for TxDOT.
The I-69 project has generated much controversy, however, since TxDOT officials and Gov. Rick Perry began proposing that it could be built and operated by a private firm. Additionally, it would be integrated into Perry's Trans Texas Corridor proposal, which would entail massive, multi-modal transportation corridors in Texas.
Perry has said allowing private companies to build highways and charge tolls will result in faster construction than an entirely public project.
"Inviting the private sector to invest in our transportation system is one of our strategies to meet the growing transportation needs of Texas," said Saenz. "Our five goals are to reduce congestion, enhance safety, expand economic opportunity, improve air quality and increase the value of our transportation assets."
An early study map of the Trans Texas Corridor shows the Fulshear area and northwest Fort Bend County within the study area for the project. One proposal calls for I-69 and the corridor to make a large, northbound curve around Houston.
Oh yes.... lets just INVITE the illegals and Terrorists in for TEA shall we?
Trans-Texas Corridor PING!
I don't need a super highway through my beloved Texas to allow Latin America better access to U. S and Canada. Let them go through California!
The difference between "aggressive" support from federal officials and "stealth" support is their way of saying the Voters need to shutup and let us get on with the New World DisOrder.
Any time the government talks about "fast-tracking" something, you can pretty much count on the fact that what they really mean is screwing the American taxpayer and trying to make a quick getaway.
Kill The Trans-Texas Corridor PING
Another point on this discussion, they keep talking about private companies and how this can help by people investing and privatization. As a Conservative, I have always believed in smaller government and private companies doing the work but this is the question that comes to mind:
WHO ARE THE PRIVATE COMPANIES? SAUDIS or some other company financed by Muslims?
"it would then receive "aggressive" support from federal officials in its development."
I don't know about other states, but this is a big issue in Indiana. The new route cuts through new land instead of upgrading the existing roads. The time savings is only 15 minutes when going from Evansville to Indianapolis.
NO, NO and HELL NO. this is a BAD idea.
That is total bs. Time savings will be more on the order of 30-40 minutes.
The 15 minute figure is touted by die-hard opponents of the road.
"A proposal may be submitted by one state, multiple states, or a private sector entity"
They were planning on building I-69 in New Jersey when I was a teen. We kept stealing the road signs. After all, our high school class would be graduating in 1969, and our "year cheer" was always very spirited ...
Yay Sixty!/Yay Nine!/Yay, yay sixty-nine!
I loved those cheerleaders.
They changed the road to 287.
Kooky Corsi is going to be very disappointed that I-35/NASCO didn't make the cut.
the reason perry said it was faster is because our elected officials kept a lot of this under wraps for a long time.
the u.s. congress first approved it in the 1990s.
you never saw this on your television!
Thanks for the ping!
So why do we need a new I-69?, since you're one of the supporters? So I can get to Evansville? Who wants to go there?
It's not who wants to go to Evansville, it's how fast we want to get away!
That list is distressing. We are losing our beautiful country to concrete.
"It's not who wants to go to Evansville, it's how fast we want to get away!"
Hah! No argument here!
Congress should pass a law RIGHT NOW banning any expansion or repair of any highway.
Well, at least any North-South highway.
Go horizontal for America!
They should have made it 666.
I think they audition radio traffic people by having them recite the phrase "jackknifed tractor-trailer on 287"