With Crashes On The Rise, Community Leaders Seek Your Input 3/29/13
CBS 7 News
March 29, 2013
PERMIAN BASIN-Crash after crash after crash.
With 9 fatalities in less than a week, the numbers are staggering, pair that with more traffic and drivers are not happy.
"There's too much traffic, too much traffic,” said one Odessa man when asked why there are so many crashes. “It’s because people are driving crazy,” said another woman.
We’ve heard the complaints, now the Midland Odessa Transportation Organization Metropolitan Planning Organization (Motor MPO) is kicking off community meetings in Odessa and Midland to ask for your input.
But Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance President James Beauchamp says attendance is traditionally low.
We asked people if they knew about the state-required meetings.
"No I have never heard of them,” said Keith Golden. “No, I haven’t,” said another woman.
County Commissioner Robin Donnelly, who is also a chair of the Motor MPO group, says the organization does not have an advertising budget outside of newspaper announcements--but it is reaching out through other avenues.
"Our hope is we get enough participation to say these are important issues to our constituents and these are the projects we should focus on," said Donnelly.
They’ll talk about everything infrastructure--from safety to travel patterns to congestion and public transportation issues on our roads. It’s all going to be part of a series of master plans on transportation that will be submitted to the state, in hopes to increase funding and determine what projects are most needed.
Now those community meetings kick off from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday here in Odessa, April 1 at Sherwood Community Center at 4819 North Everglade. The first meeting in Midland is on Thursday, April 4th at the TAC at 9601 Wright Drive, Suite 1.
You can find more info at www.motormpo.com