Skip to comments.I-69 is Semi-Finalist in Corridors of the Future Program
Posted on 02/10/2007 5:20:32 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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Interstate 69 from Texas to Michigan is included on a short list of interstate corridors being considered for fast track development by federal transportation officials, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary. E. Peters has announced.
If I-69 is selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation this summer as part of the Corridors of the Future program, the federal department will aggressively support the project to move it from the drawing board to completion faster than ever before, according to the announcement.
The Texas segment of I-69 is being developed as part of the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC-69) and extends from Northeast Texas to Mexico. The goal of TTC-69 is to increase mobility, safety and economic development opportunities through a multi-use transportation system that includes roads, rail and utilities.
The continued federal interest in I-69 highlights how important the corridor is for national congestion relief, said Amadeo Saenz, assistant executive director for the Texas Department of Transportation. It also shows how Texas is leading the way in innovative project delivery to accelerate needed transportation improvements.
Despite the national need, federal funds are not available to cover the cost of the corridor, Saenz said.
In Texas, we are developing TTC-69 so that once we have environmental approval, it can be built as needed and as private sector resources make it feasible, he said.
TxDOT will hold hearings later this year along the possible corridor from the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo to Texarkana to get public input on the environmental process. That effort will dictate if and where TTC-69 is built.
In addition, TxDOT is considering private sector proposals to finance and build TTC-69 once environmental approval is obtained from the USDOT.
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.
For more information on TTC-69, visit our Trans-Texas Corridor Web site.
Oh, please. When did you start being so PC?
Remember: If any politician is promoting the expansion or improvement of a highway, it means he's part of the big NAU conspiracy!
Read my lips: No new roads!
Thanx. I have something to pm to you...
Aha! The anti-conspiracy is a conspiracy! Mwahahahahaha!
Is it OK with you if we continue to criticize and disparage the brown racists who want to take back the American southwest for Mexico and drive us back to Europe?
Well, I don't see any references to any particular "brown racists" in that post, but I save my ire for basmati racists, as they tend to be a little thinner and taller. Maybe you're OK with fried racists, but it's clear to me that you can't stand refried racists.
AD, here it is for all the FRworld to see. Ping, kactus!
You are waaaaaaaaaay behind.
BTW, isn't it remarkably inefficient to have a highway going all the way from Mexico to Canada to do ... what? Ship goods? You do know that Canada has a west-east railroad, right?
If the NAFTA Superhighway and the NAU actually come into being, I will personally eat my sombrero.
"Racism" charges are today's last refuge of a scoundrel. It's tired and so dated.
I believe perhaps the implication here is more global; that the superhighway proposed is marketed to the public under the guise of our own cramped roads when in reality it's about a trade agreement with China, Mexico and Central America.
There was a good piece in the paper today from two guys at WaPo, but I never could find the link to post it. It's called The Truth About Traffic. I think I'll go and read it now since I can't find it to post.
What is wrong with highways and trade?
We're not on the same wavelength. I was concerned with how, when and where China fits in.
What's the problem here? Do you think China is secretly causing us to build superhighways so they can build missle silos underneath?
You don't think it will happen? In TX, Gov. Perry seems quite resolute, despite San Antonio voting it down.
I just think there's something suspicious about selling it under 'what we need' vs. 'what they want.'
By all means. A racist is a racist, be he a member of La Raza, the Black Panthers, or Stormfront. Or merely just a poor, misguided soul who doesn't understand what he's typing on an internet bulletin board.
Maybe if things go sour, the Chinese will take their road back to China? On the slow boat?