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In this issue

  • Tower 55 project receives $34 million grant
  • "The Road Show" Webcast Returns Oct. 19
  • Two New Executive Positions Posted
  • I-35 Traveler Information System
  • Commission Workshop, Meeting Set for Oct. 27-28
  • 2011 Transportation Forum Registration Open!
  • Statewide Podcasts
  • Small Hr


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Monday, October 18, 2010

Here's our roundup of Texas Department of Transportation news and events. If you have any questions, comments or just want to know more about something you read in here, send a message to AskTxDOT@txdot.gov.

Tower 55 project receives $34 million grant

Tower 55

Calling it a critical step "to ease congestion and improve safety at one of America's busiest rail intersections," U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) last week announced that Fort Worth's Tower 55 rail project has been awarded a $34 million competitive grant by the Department of Transportation.

The project is being undertaken by TXDOT in partnership with BNSF Railway, Union Pacific Railroad, Amtrak, the City of Forth Worth, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and the Fort Worth Transit Authority.

The Tower 55 Multimodal Rail Improvement Project will lay new track, install sidings, and construct pedestrian crossings and overpass bridges to ease congestion and improve safety. It will create 700 jobs in the Fort Worth area.

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"The Road Show" Webcast Returns Oct. 19

The Road Show logo

Join us at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, for "The Road Show" webcast on www.TxDOT.gov. Amadeo Saenz, TxDOT's executive director, is the program's host and will discuss transportation news and issues with State Representative Eddie Rodriguez, vice chair of the Select Committee on Transportation Funding. Mr. Saenz will also take questions from webcast viewers during the broadcast. Watch the webcast by visiting www.TxDOT.gov on Oct. 19.

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Two New Executive Positions Posted

As part of TxDOT's ongoing modernization effort, Executive Director Amadeo Saenz recently announced the posting of two new executive positions in the department's administration — chief administration officer (CAO) and chief information officer (CIO). These positions will remain open until Nov. 5.

This represents an important first step toward developing an organizational structure that was recommended in the Grant Thornton (GT) review. The GT report proposed changes to TxDOT's administration in order to ensure the department is better aligned to handle the changing organizational mission, goals and objectives of one of the best transportation agencies in the world. In addition, the TxDOT Restructure Council agreed and also made this recommendation to the commission and administration.

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I-35 Traveler Information System

The widening of I-35 through the Waco District has the potential to impact travel across the state. The economic and mobility importance of the I-35 corridor requires an unprecedented travel information system to communicate the potential effects of approximately 90 miles of construction.

The Waco District and the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) are developing a traveler information system to share construction updates with businesses and travelers on the corridor. In addition, we will develop travel and construction alerts to share with TxDOT traffic management centers and public information officers in districts affected by I-35 construction.

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Commission Workshop, Meeting Set for Oct. 27-28

Texas Transportation Commission

The Texas Transportation Commission will convene for its monthly workshop and meeting on Oct. 27-28. On Oct. 27, the Commission will conduct its workshop beginning at 1:30 p.m. to discuss various items, including an update from the TxDOT Restructure Council and a report on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and Texas water ports. The Commission will not conduct a workshop in November.

The Commission will conduct its meeting at 9 a.m. on Oct. 29 to consider action on several items, including the certification of eligible counties for the 2011 Economically Disadvantaged Counties Program and awarding federal and state grant funding for airport improvement projects throughout the state.

To watch the workshop and/or meeting, click the banner on the www.TxDOT.gov home page.

Read the agendas for this month's sessions »

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2011 Transportation Forum Registration Open!

Registration is now open for the 2011 Texas Transportation Forum. The theme of the Forum is "Yeah, I Can Do Modern." It will be exciting, informative and will feature presentations on timely transportation topics from leading experts. Reserve your hotel room and register now for your seat at the table.

Register now »

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Statewide Podcasts

TxDOT produces a weekly Statewide Podcast to keep you updated on the latest transportation news and issues, and new podcast episodes are published every Friday on the TxDOT website, www.txdot.gov.

In this week’s episode, we talk with Jerral Wyer, director of TxDOT’s Occupational Safety Division, about the department recently reaching some amazing safety milestones. Episodes are also available on iTunes.

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