Brazos County Gets to Talk TTC

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Bryan was the site of the latest Trans Texas Corridor public hearing held by the state's department of transportation.

Monday night, an estimated 250 citizens filed into the Civic Auditorium to have their comments heard and seen in Austin. TxDOT officials say it's among the lowest turnouts for any of their meetings so far.

After making prior stops on Navasota and Huntsville which were attended by hundreds, TxDOT officials gave residents in Brazos County an evening to look over plans, then submit their comments for later review.

Though the attendance wasn't as big as in Walker and Grimes County, the majority opinion was still against the TTC.

"We think (TxDOT should take) time, study it, take a look at it, go back over it, maybe not rush into it so quickly," said Linda Stall with the Corridor Watch group. "The governor ordered TxDOT to develop the crossroads of the Amercas plan, and they did that in 140 days, a project that could theoretically be contracted for 50 years."

Grimes and Walker County residents currently see the TTC coming through their area as part of the Tier 1 study. A second tier of study comes next unless the "no build" option is selected by state officials.

While many Brazos County residents Monday night were against the highway because of a perceived land grab, immigration and drug concerns, among others, some leaders in Brazos County are hoping TxDOT brings the road west to them.

"We're the biggest metro area in Texas that doesn't have an interstate, and at the rate things are growing in area and all over the state, we need to do everything we can to get better transportation so we're not sitting still on our roads everywhere because we can't get anywhere because of traffic," said Mayor Mark Conlee of Bryan.

Conlee and College Station Mayor Ben White have appeared at previous public hearings to state their case for bringing TTC to Brazos County.

Tuesday night, a hearing in Hemstead will be held, with public comments will be accepted online through March 19. A link to the TTC site is provided below this story.

Just to demonstrate the passions that run deep on the TTC topic, Monday afternoon, after some misinformation about News 3's coverage plan was sent through an e-mail listing for an anti-Trans Texas Corridor group, more than three dozen e-mails were sent to News 3 in a two-hour span, all asking if we'd be covering Monday night's public hearing in Bryan.