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Rhonda Oaks
Rhonda Oaks is the Public Information Officer for the nine-county Lufkin District of the Texas Department of Transportation. A Lufkin native, she is a graduate of Hudson High School and Angelina College. She has a background in print journalism and worked for many years as a newspaper reporter and a freelance writer. She has received eight Associated Press awards. Her articles have been published in many publications over the past 25 years.

The Texas Department of Transportation is planning, and public input is crucial as the agency looks to meet the transportation needs of the future. TxDOT is hosting a statewide virtual public meeting with an in-person open house planned in Lufkin on April 13.

Connecting Texas 2050 will be the latest update to TxDOT’s statewide long-range transportation plan. With unprecedented population growth, increasing demands on the transportation system, and technological innovations reimagining how we move, TxDOT wants to hear from the traveling public as the agency looks toward 2050.

TxDOT officials will hold the Connecting Texas 2050 event from 5-7 pm on April 13 in the Angelina Room at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center. If you are unable to attend, comments can be submitted online by visiting  www.ConnectingTexas2050.com, by e-mail to ConnectingTexas2050@txdot.gov, or by mail to: TxDOT TPP Connecting Texas 2050, Statewide Planning Branch Manager, P.O. Box 149217, Austin, Texas, 78714-9217. The statewide virtual public meeting will be available online through May 31, 2023. The same information will be available at the virtual public meeting and in-person open houses. Comments must be postmarked or received by Wednesday, May 31, 2023, to be included in the public involvement summary.

During the statewide virtual public meeting and regional in-person open house in Lufkin, TxDOT officials will explain the process of the statewide long-range transportation plan. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their vision and give their input on transportation goals and needs to help TxDOT plan for 2050.

The virtual public meeting and in-person open house will be conducted in English, with Spanish materials available online and in-person. For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or call (936) 633-4395.

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