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TxDOT Turns To Public For 25-Year Transportation Plan

Odessa, TX (Local Big 2 News) - The Texas Department of Transportation is starting to plan the Texas Transportation Plan 2040.
Odessa, TX (Local Big 2 News) - The Texas Department of Transportation is starting to plan the Texas Transportation Plan 2040.

But to do so, they are asking for the public's help.

"We wanna know how they would like TxDOT to spend their money, what types of investments are important to them," said Casey Dusza, transportation planner for TxDOT.

According to Casey Dusza with TxDOT, it's a plan that will define TxDOT's long-range goals for all types of transportation from roadways, transit, pedestrian and more.

Dusza says it's a plan that will address aging infrastructure while also offering solutions.

"Analyze what it's gonna take to improve the conditions over the system over the next 25 years," Dusza said.

In the Permian Basin, it's the side effects of the boom that are taking a toll on city residents.

"The economy's strong and that's good for Midland and Odessa, but at the end of the day, we want to try and find ways to mitigate the added traffic we have on our roads," said Jose Ortiz, engineering services director for the City of Midland.

Traffic is a shared concern.

"We need to open new roads and everything else with the highways," said Ector County Commissioner Armando Rodriguez.

According to Ortiz, with so many intersections that function for both Midland and Odessa, a change is needed.

"At this point, what it really has become is really now, instead of there just being the City of Midland just looking at their infrastructure improvements and the City of Odessa, we're trying to work collaboratively and collectively together to look at ways to improve our system," Ortiz said.

Rodriguez says he just hopes everyone lends a voice.

"If they don't know what they want the public really wants, they won't be able to do anything," Rodriguez said.


Texas Transportation Plan 2040


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