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    (LEADER FILE PHOTO | THE GRAHAM LEADER) The Wichita Falls District of the Texas Department of Transportation has an online virtual public meeting for the 2023-2026 Rural Transportation Improvement Program available through Thursday. The meeting is to provide information and receive feedback on transportation projects coming to the Wichita Falls District, which includes Young County.

TxDOT taking input on proposed 2023-26 projects

The Wichita Falls District of the Texas Department of Transportation has an online virtual public meeting for the 2023-2026 Rural Transportation Improvement Program available through Thursday. The meeting is to provide information and receive feedback on transportation projects coming to the Wichita Falls District, which includes Young County.

The TxDOT Wichita Falls District is made up of the counties of Archer, Baylor, Clay, Cooke, Montague, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger and Young. Within the Rural TIP are the regionally significant projects which will be funded within the district during the next four years, including the ones eligible for federal funding.

“The Rural Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a list of local projects to be funded in a TxDOT district over the next four years. This means that all projects included in the list are expected to be underway within four years, following their approval. These are the projects you can expect to contract in the near future. It is multimodal, which means that it can include projects relating to highways, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, transit services and freight projects, as well as the preliminary studies used to define those projects,” Ben Coker Texas Department of Transportation Wichita Falls District Planner said in the online meeting. “The Rural TIP is meant to show regional agreement on the need and priority of a transportation project, so all parties involved can be sure they are making the best investment for the community. It is also expected to be consistent with the project and objectives included in the regional Long Range Transportation Plans to ensure that all agencies are working towards the same goal. The Rural TIP is part of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP. Because the program’s rules are established by federal law, no project can receive federal funding unless it is listed in the Rural TIP.”

The virtual public meeting is available online through 4 p.m. Thursday, May 12. To find the meeting online, visit txdot.gov/inside-txdot/get-involved/about/hearings-meetings.html, and look for the Wichita Falls District.

For the full story, see the Saturday, May 7 edition of The Graham Leader.

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