officials request slimmed down TTC
concerns over corridor's width and
possible negative effects on access
January 19, 2008
By BENJAMIN C. SHARP,
The Wharton City Council wants the
state to consider a slimmed down version
of the Trans Texas Corridor - and one
that stays true to the footprint of U.S.
Monday the council approved a
resolution detailing the city's stance
on the proposed transportation corridor.
Drafted in question and answer format,
the three-page document formally states
the city's concerns and opinions.
Each question was formulated by the
Houston-Galveston Area Council, which
has requested municipalities and
governmental bodies within its territory
submit their recommendations on the
corridor's future development.
In a letter to City Manager Andres
Garza Jr., H-GAC's Jack Steele said the
city's response will be used as the
basis for discussion in a Jan. 15
workshop in Houston. "Comments and
recommendations developed in the
workshop will be transmitted to the
Texas Department of Transportation as
part of the public record of comment on
the I-69/TTC Draft Environmental Impact
Statement that will form the basis for
future project development decisions,"
Steele said the workshop will allow
local entities to "direct the future
development of the corridor in terms of
alignments, design concepts, and access
and connectivity requirements."
"I believe that it is important for
local governments to take this
opportunity to let TxDOT know their
preferences for the corridor," Steele
The city of Wharton's preferences are
outlined in the resolution adopted
Monday. When asked what route the city
prefers to see the I-69/TTC take, the
city said it "prefers the alignment of
I-69/Trans Texas Corridor to follow the
existing U.S. 59 corridor."
The resolution further states
"efforts should be made to minimize the
right-of-way width required" for the
As now proposed, the corridor would
consume a 1,200 foot width of right of
The resolution also expresses the
city's concerns over how the corridor
could negatively impact admittance into
the community. It's anticipated the
corridor will have few access points.
"Issues and or problems that would be
related to access to local streets or
communities is a major concern," the
"The City of Wharton needs better
access to its local streets from U.S.
59. The City of Wharton would maintain
its existing exits and add the proposed
FM 1301 intersection."
Plans are now under way to extend
1301 (Boling Highway) to the freeway.
City officials believe that would
provide another route into the city.
The council unanimously approved the
resolution Monday, also agreeing to send
City Manager Garza to the Jan. 15
A series of public meetings are also
planned concerning the ongoing
development of the I-69/TTC.