Talk of the Trans Texas Corridor continues across east Texas. Over the last couple of years, the vast majority of the Brazos Valley has moved out of the proposed path of the super highway. But that hasn't stopped TxDOT from getting local input.
In all likelihood, Hearne will not be directly impacted by the Trans Texas Corridor. But the department of transportation is spending the next few days in that community and others, following up with locals on a project they have presented to them before.
With 12 proposals on the table for the path of the corridor, there is only the chance of the road hitting a portion of TxDOT's Bryan district.
"We're only a few miles into Milam County," said district engineer Bryan Wood. "It really appears like we'll miss most of the impact of the preferred corridor."
The statewide network of roads moving north to south has the potential over decades of construction to include multiple lanes for passenger vehicles and trucks, as well as railways and utilities.
But opposition has arisen at every turn. In Hearne Wednesday, political and personal opposition was present, scorn that foreign-based Cintra-Zachry as the road's developers, fear that American security could be compromised. One Hempstead resident attended Wednesday's meeting, her home possibly in TTC's path.
"We need to improve the existing highways," said Lillian Miller. "They have plenty of land where that is. But when you come in and take people's livelihoods, in Waller County, it will split some of the ranches and the farmlands."
But TxDOT says TTC is A-OK in alleviating a major state problem.
"With the population of Texas growing leaps and bounds, ultimately, there has to be some relief to I-35," said Wood. "This is one possible solution to those safety issues."
Months remain until a final path for TTC is decided on.
A list of upcoming meetings can be found in the "Featured Links" section here at KBTX.com.