HEART OF TEXAS TO RECEIVE STATE BOND MONEY FOR I-35 WIDENING; REP. ANDERSON APPLAUDS COMMISSION, PROCESS
(AUSTIN) — The Texas Transportation Commission today approved staff recommendations for widening Interstate 35 in McLennan, Hill, and Bell counties through bond proceeds approved by Texas voters in 2007. Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson, R-Waco, hailed the vote as “critical step to improve the safety, mobility, and economic vitality of McLennan County, Central Texas, and the entire state which depends on a safe ‘Main Street of Texas’.”
“I also appreciate the responsive approach that TxDOT has taken in my attempts to keep them constructively engaged with our area stakeholders for the development of this vital economic corridor,” Rep. Anderson said, referring to the long-term process to keep Waco and surrounding areas a top priority for the Texas Transportation Commission.
Earlier this year, Representative Anderson convened a series of meetings along the I-35 corridor, coordinating the efforts of McLennan, Hill, and Bell County stakeholders in a unified effort, encouraging TxDOT officials to address the urgency of I-35 expansion. Rep. Anderson stated that “It was determined by TxDOT that, when more funding became available, the I-35 corridor in central Texas would receive top priority. I am pleased that this is being accomplished. This will absolutely save lives.”
“The safety and efficiency improvements that need to be made along this critical stretch of interstate,” Rep. Anderson continued, “are of importance to McLennan County and all Texans. I am pleased that the Texas Transportation Commission shares this view, and has the long-term interest of the entire state in mind as they make their decisions.”