HDR Consulting Engineers and TxDot have invited a select group “Technical Advisory Committee” for one on one meetings. The earlier meeting scheduled for June 5th and 6th was cancelled for whatever reason. See previous post “Show us the Numbers”.
HDR Consulting Engineers have identified the members of the Technical Advisory Committee who will be allowed to participate. HDR has mailed to the committee members a package with a “feedbackrequest.pdf” and containing questionnaire-p1.pdf, questionnaire-p2.pdf, two copies of leap-alt-base-map.pdf showing alternate routes and leap-study-objectives.pdf.
As we proceed with the latest TxDot/HDR technical advisory committee meetings, which are closed sessions to the media and the general public, one gets the feeling, of a predetermined outcome. Where is the data that reflects the projected truck traffic to justify construction of a 4 lane trade corridor? Where is the data that reflects the projected truck traffic to justify construction of alternate routes? The data should consider the retrofit of the Panama Canal and the resulting trade goods that will continue east without stopping on the west coast of Mexico and the US. This is some of the required research and data collection that should be completed prior to any rational discussions of alternate routes and trade corridors.
I recommend those of us who have been excluded send responses of the questionnaire regardless, voicing recommendations and opinions.
Send to Ms. Peggy Thurin, P.E. c/o La Entrada al Pacifico Project Team, 17111 Preston Road Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75248