AUSTIN I-69 Segment Committee regional leaders agreed recently to accept public comments through the end of October, giving citizens more time to weigh in on the group's recommendations and priorities for I-69 corridor development.

The five-member citizen's group met last month to read the public comments received in September and decided that more input was needed. Committee members will meet in November to finalize recommendations to be submitted to the I-69 Advisory Committee.

Jim Wehmeier, I-69 Segment Two Committee chair, noted that public comment provides valuable direction for the group's recommendations.

"Decisions are not made in a vacuum," he noted. "The committees adjust recommendations and priorities based on citizen input. For example, the I-69 Segment Two Committee added a recommendation for a relief route in Moscow largely because of public comment."

The five I-69 Segment Committees are regional citizen advisory groups meeting throughout the I-69 system to help the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) plan projects along the route to meet local and regional needs and improve mobility throughout the area. Committee members represent Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), cities and counties and other groups with an interest in transportation such as chambers of commerce and economic development organizations.

Members of the five segment committee's will finalize priorities and recommendations later this year and submit a report to the I-69 Advisory Committee. The advisory committee will use the recommendations to craft a plan to guide I-69 development in Texas. This plan will then be presented to the Texas Transportation Commission.

Visit or call 512 334-3841 to learn more about I-69 Texas and how to submit comments.