• Commissioner Austin Delivers I-69 Signs to Capitol Hill
On a visit to Capitol Hill in Washington earlier this year, Texas Transportation Commission Member Jeff Austin III of Tyler noticed something was missing from congressional offices – signs signaling the importance of Interstate 69.
Austin made a trip back to Washington in June to deliver official I-69 signs to the offices of each Senator and Member of Congress whose district includes a part of the I-69 route in Texas. The Alliance for I-69 Texas had a delegation to accompany him on the visits to each office. The wall signs were enthusiastically received as members showed their continued support for the progress being made on I-69.
Here are photos of the joyful sign presentations. House members are shown in alphabetical order.
Commissioner Austin provides briefing for congressional staff members.
Alliance Chairman John Thompson presents sign to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
(l-r) Charles Thomas, Linda Thomas, Sen. John Cornyn and Judge Thompson.
Presentation to Congressman Kevin Brady, 8th District, Southeast Texas.
Presentation to Congressman Henry Cuellar, 28th District, South Texas.
Presentation to Congressman John Culberson, 7th District, Harris County, by Judge Thompson and Coby Chase.
Presentation to Congressman Blake Farenthold, 27th District, South Texas, a member of the House Transportation Committee.
Presentation to Congressman Louie Gohmert, 1st District, Northeast Texas.
Presentation to Congressman Al Green, 9th District, Harris County.
Presentation to Congressman Gene Green, 29th District, Harris County.
Presentation to Congressman Ralph Hall, 4th District, Northeast Texas.
Presentation to Congressman Ruben Hinojosa, 15th District, South Texas.
Presentation to Congressman Mike McCaul, 10th District, Central Texas.
Presentation to Congressman Pete Olson, 22nd District, Greater Houston Area.
Presenation to Congressman Ted Poe, 2nd District, Southeast Texas.
Presentation to staff of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, 30th District, Dallas County, a member of the House Transportation Committee.
I-69 Delegation In Washington
The I-69 delegation visiting members of Congress included (l-r) Charles Thomas, Larry Meyers, Commissioner Austin, Linda Thomas, Jennifer Shepard and John Thompson.
Retiring Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison autographed her sign with the following: "I69 Alliance, We did it together." As she prepared to leave office she wanted the Allince to have the sign so she presented it to Julian Alvarez of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership where it is on display in their Weslaco board room.