Next weeks “txdot-stakeholders.pdf” meeting organized by TxDot and consultant HDR that was scheduled June 5th and 6th has been postponed. The purpose of these 2 meetings was to present to the “Stakeholders”alternative routes and discuss any new alternatives. The term “Stakeholder” is a gambling term, to wager money for a short term outcome. Apparently TxDot is reassessing the use of this term.
Before any discussion of alternate routes and bypasses, the current and projected truck traffic should be presented along with the sources of the data, to justify the need and expense. TxDot has repeatedly emphasized the business investment model of “we only build when the need is there”. TxDot has also predicted a 86 billion dollar shortfall in the next 25 years for highway funding.
Why would Texans be asked to invest millions of dollars for La Entrada al Pacifico, when truck traffic numbers are currently not there to justify the expense, when there is a predicted 86 billion dollar shortfall?
Why would TxDot be compelled to operate contrary to their stated business investment model, of “we only build when the need is justified”?