Raytheon providing missile defense technology

Raytheon Company’s (NYSE: RTN) advanced Airborne Optical Sensor system is now an integral part of the Missile Defense Agency’s experimentation with forward-deployed, advanced infrared sensors for missile defense applications.

“Raytheon is proud to provide this technology to the Missile Defense Agency,” said Tim Carey, vice president for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems. “Our Airborne Optical Sensor system allows operators to have an ‘unblinking eye’ over areas of interest and allows the Missile Defense Agency to locate, identify and track missile targets that could potentially threaten the U.S., its allies, and deployed troops.”

AOSS is part of Raytheon’s family of multi-spectral targeting systems and is currently being examined by the Missile Defense Agency as a forward-deployed, advanced airborne infrared sensor.

Raytheon Multi-Spectral Targeting System provides long-range surveillance, high-altitude target acquisition and tracking of threat ballistic missiles. These systems build on Raytheon’s affordable, combat-proven systems that currently provide critical information to U.S. and coalition forces through superior image quality in day and night environments.

Raytheon Company with a campus in McKinney, Texas, with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.

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Road closing: SH 5 for drainage improvement

Closure scheduled for SH 5 drainage improvement

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has scheduled a closure on State Highway (SH) 5 for Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 27-28 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.
SH 5 will be closed to traffic at the old railroad underpass between FM 2786 and FM 1378 in the city of Fairview. The closure is necessary while TxDOT maintenance crews improve the roadway drainage system at this location.
TxDOT asks motorists to drive carefully through the work zone, and has placed signs to notify the public of the scheduled closure. Detours are in place to direct SH 5 traffic along FM 2786 and FM 1378.
TxDOT would like to thank area drivers, local businesses, the City of Fairview, and Collin County for their continued patience and cooperation as crews work to complete this project as soon, and as safely, as possible.
For additional transportation related information please visit the TxDOT Web site http://www.txdot.gov.

The County Line: Transparency and the Outer Loop‏

By Joe Jaynes
The County Line

The Outer Loop will be the last toll road in Collin County. With this in mind, the question becomes who will toll this very important project. The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) is the region’s tollway provider.

However, since 52 miles of the Outer Loop is in Collin County, the commissioners’ court created the Collin County Tollroad Authority (CTA) with the thought that future tolls on Collin County’s portion of the Outer Loop would remain in Collin County.

Since the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is basically broke the revenues from the Outer Loop could be a major funding source for Collin County’s future transportation needs.

The NTTA has an issue with our CTA since they are, by statute, the region’s tollway authority. However, since the Outer Loop is, at this point, a county project there is some gray area about who has “primacy.” Basically the term primacy means what agency has the first option to build and toll the Outer Loop.

This issue has been a source of tension between the NTTA and Collin County. Right now most if not all entities in the region support the NTTA. However, the NTTA is willing to work with Collin County to develop some statutory language that both Collin County and the NTTA can live with.

We have been down this road before. (no pun intended) During the last legislative session there were a series of meetings between myself, Judge Self, Senators Shapiro and Carona and then-Chairman Paul Wageman and then-Vice-Chairman Victor Vandergriff of the NTTA on developing and agreeing to language that
we all thought resolved this issue.

Unfortunately, after the agreement was completed Judge Self went over to the House side of the legislature and had an amendment inserted into a bill that would give Collin County total primacy not only for the Outer Loop but also for the Dallas North Tollway (DNT) extension through Collin County.

This last point is particularly troubling because the DNT has historically been a NTTA project. Collin County was viewed as trying to hijack a NTTA project. Needless to say, this action killed the compromise previously agreed to above and seriously damaged the creditability of Collin County throughout the region.

As a result, the NTTA supported Senate Bill 17 which would have given them primacy for the Outer Loop. Fortunately, Senate Bill 17 died during the legislative session. Had this bill become law it would have potentially cost Collin County millions of dollars in future transportation funding.

We are now at the beginning of a new legislative session and the NTTA under now-Chairman Vandergriff is willing to again work with the commissioners’ court on language that will resolve this issue.

Collin County needs to reach an agreement with the NTTA. The Regional Transportation Council (RTC) which selects and funds major transportation projects throughout North Texas is about to vote and send their legislative agenda to Austin. The only thing missing from that agenda is how this primacy issue will be handled.

I am fully convinced that the RTC will support whatever language the NTTA proposes. Therefore, it is essential that we reach a consensus with the NTTA.

I have sent a proposal to the NTTA suggesting that there be concurrent primacy. In other words, while Collin County advances the Outer Loop through the alignment selection, engineering, environmentals etc., the NTTA will use that time to decide whether or not they want to toll the project.

If the NTTA declines then our CTA will take on the project. If the NTTA accepts the project as part of their system then Collin County will be made whole for our expenses and there will also be formula funding which means that a certain percentage of the tolls from the Outer Loop will remain in Collin County.

To be honest, I am not sure how the NTTA will respond to my proposal. They are supposed to send over their own language this week which could include or not include any of my thoughts.

Regardless of what is proposed it is my goal that all discussions over this topic be transparent and take place in commissioners’ court where the court as a whole has a chance to weigh in and hopefully come to an agreement which will be voted on and documented in a commissioners’ court order so we can avoid the missteps of the last session.

I look forward to keeping you updated on this very important issue.

Joe Jaynes is a County Commissioner in Collin County.

A Texas love story

Reprinted with permission of the McKinney Courier-Gazette. For home newspaper delivery, contact 972-542-2631.

Civic Duty, a call from above

David Myers had a problem. There weren’t enough Valentines in the packet they had bought for his 4th grade class Valentines card exchange.  You remember, those shoe boxes we wrapped and covered in hearts with a slit on top to slide in those little cards. It’s a big deal. At that age, it’s not about love. It’s about friends and mutual recognition. Those little cards have vague little notes that make the giver and the receiver feel better. It’s amazing what a little note can do to make someone feel better. 

There were a few more kids in his class than there were cards in the Valentines kit, and David didn’t want to leave anyone out.  

Mom came to the rescue with a few extra ‘grown up’ cards.  Now, there’s another problem. “Who do I give the bigger ones to? Well, there are my friends. And Lana Rolf is nice. We almost have the same birthday and she’s always nice to everyone. That was easy.” 

Lana showed her compassion at a very young age. One day, she came home worried about a teacher. “My teacher is all alone and her pet bird is sick.” reports a concerned little Lana. 

Wanda recalls, “ I was so proud of her for being concerned about a teacher who was not very nice to her students.” 

David and Lana were both good kids. Well behaved and polite. Thoughtful children. They were never really friends, but they were in home room together in 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. There was always a silent but mutual respect. Their mothers were home room mothers and even worked on some local elections together.

Years later, a boy in David’s English class mentioned his prom date was Lana Rolf, David’s sincere reply was, “Way to go!” 

The children would grow their separate ways.

David the shy, tall, lanky athlete was late in filling out but would eventually grow to 6-5.  Even though leg injuries kept him from competing at higher levels, basketball was in his heart. After graduating from UTA, he would eventually become head coach at Irving MacArthur, a position he held for 16 years. David married, had a daughter and continued to coach and teach. After completing his Masters at UNT the teaching spirit won out over coaching and so, David turned his attention to teaching Biology and working with student leadership programs. Competition took second seat to preparing students to succeed. 

The Fire Truck Crew is a group of students who are chosen for their enthusiasm, spirit, and interest in serving the community. Although dozens of Juniors try out each year, only 12 are selected. They get their name from the restored 1928 fire truck that serves as their mascot.

Lana was always the consummate student with an artist heart and a drive to be helpful. A member of I-teens , a group of teens who participated in local charity work, she would become the Treasurer of her Senior class and be voted Top Toy Tiger on her high school drill team.

After graduating the studious achiever headed for Baylor.  Competitions weren’t really important to her. Preparing to do her best and contributing to group causes was her motivation, not awards. The awards came anyway.  Lana makes the Deans List and graduates Magna Cum Laude from Baylor.

It took two years as an Art teacher in a Junior High school where art was more of an elective class for study hall overflow than a resource for creativity to change her direction. “Lana would come to the house on weekends and we would try to come up with ways to inspire in a class with no budget. She spent her own money to buy supplies and struggled to make her class a fulfilling experience. Lana is meticulous and detail oriented in every thing she does and it showed in her art. To her, this was not an art class.  Her father and I told her that if she wanted to continue her education, we would support her.” 

Lana goes back to Baylor and law school where the always studious Lana completes her law degree.

While David is coaching winning high school teams, Lana becomes a prosecuting attorney putting 12 years in to the Dallas D.A.’s office.  . 

David is devoted to his students and child. “I’m an Aggie by tuition.” beams the father of a school teacher.

Judge Lana spends another nearly 15 years as an elected judge for the 203rd District Court where she runs unopposed as a conservative Republican when almost all the courts turned over to a strong Democrat surge in Dallas County in 2006. 

“I saw it as a compliment and a sign of support when none of the many attorneys who enter my court wanted to replace me. I knew I had been doing a good job and running unopposed was of itself rewarding.” 

That’s Justice Lana now. Texas Gov. Rick Perry appointed her to the 5th District Court of Appeals, Place 4, a seat she has occupied since December 2, 2009. 

Was It Fate? 
David takes it from here.

 ”Seated among hundreds of other prospective jurors in the Central Jury Room of the Dallas County Courthouse that September morning, I settled in for what I anticipated was a long and uneventful day. 

“Little did I know that my life would change dramatically, and for the better, because of the fulfillment of my civic duty.  Half an hour after arriving, seventy-five of us were called forward and instructed to report to a 7th floor courtroom where twelve men and women would be selected to hear evidence and decide the guilt or innocence of a man charged with capital murder. 

“I was juror Number 57.  Once the judge began the voir dire, I had this feeling that I knew her, but not as the Honorable Lana McDaniel.  I studied her portrait hanging in the courtroom and then looked back at her on the bench.  Soon my feelings were confirmed when she stated that we had graduated from high school together and revealed her maiden name. 

“Immediately, I made the connection.  When she posed the question, “Would the fact that we know each other affect your ability to serve as a juror in this case?” I wanted to respond with a rather clever, but true, statement like “Not unless you count that crush I had on you in second grade your Honor.”  Considering the serious nature of the courtroom, I thought better of it and replied with a rather milquetoast answer of “No, your Honor.” 

“After our lunch break and before the jury panel entered the courtroom, I was quizzed by some of the female members of the panel about our possible social life back in the day.  One such question was “Did you and the judge date in high school?”  Before I could answer, I felt the attention of other jurors gathered in the hallway, waiting for my response. 

“My answer of course was ‘No,’ as I was painfully shy and she was a leader on the drill team, a class officer, and Number 8 of 460 in our senior class. To me, she seemed way out of my league.  At the end of the afternoon, I was excused from service by the court and looked at the judge for what I thought would be the last time. ”

Practice what you preach

“That same evening, I realized I should practice what I preach.  As a high school teacher of a Student Leadership class, I impress upon my students the value of composing and sending a handwritten note of congratulations, appreciation, or encouragement to people in their lives.  

“I wrote to the Judge, my former classmate, congratulating her on her achievement and wished her a long and distinguished career as a judge.  Not knowing that her marriage had fractured and dissolved as had mine, I never expected to hear from her.  Much to my surprise, the next week she called me at school and left a message of thanks for the note. She did not receive positive notes from jurors very often. 

“Returning the voice message was not as simple as I thought it would be.  Because of a glitch in the telephone system, my calls kept going to a different judge, who thankfully, got me connected to my former classmate. 

“We finally visited for a few minutes and learned some about our past.  Now summoning all the manly courage I could muster, I asked her if she would like to meet for dinner sometime.   When her answer was ‘Yes,’ and we agreed to meet for dinner the next week.   

“The dinner was a surreal experience as we reacquainted over the course of three hours, and discovered among other things that we were in the same class four different years in elementary school.  We talked of elementary school and high school memories, of teachers we shared, and what we had done during the thirty-two-year interval.  That began a whirlwind romance in which we were married almost six months to the day after that courthouse summons.  The romance has not slowed now six years later.   

“What was the lesson I learned from this experience?  I learned that every single day is a gift that is to be unwrapped and then treasured and that each day brings an adventure because you never know what is in store for you that day. ”

The Note

David had been teaching his leadership classes the value in developing the practice of sending complimentary notes and thank yous as part of their follow up procedures. Practicing what he has preached, David sent a note to the Judge. 

Judge Lana receives the note, a first of its kind, and shows a friend. She explains that the note is from a former high school classmate who was recently excused from jury service. “Do you think I should call him and thank him for his kind note?” The friend asks “Is he cute?” Well, yes! “Well, just call him and thank him.” 

Lana knows from his juror card that David is divorced. Neither of them is looking. Both know something is missing. 

Dates to remember

Each can tell you the day of their first phone call that led to their first date.

They both mention the day of their first date, Oct. 7, 2004, that lasted three hours at the Cantina Laredo in Lewisville. It is still a favorite date spot. 

Both remember Oct. 24th, the day Lana says, “I think I’ve fallen in love with you.” 

Lana had never done anything like that. She couldn’t believe those words came out of her mouth. There was a nervous moment as she awaited David’s response. To David, those words were music. You can feel David shiver when he talks about that magic moment.

By Christmas, mothers Wanda and Billye are beside themselves wondering how the relationship is going. They are now two happy mothers who light up when the others child is mentioned. They have already completed their circle and it’s time for the kids to cooperate! 

On Valentines Day 2005, David brings a ring he helped to design to their date and then proposed in front of the Mustangs at Las Colinas.  They were married in March.

“We know that it was no accident that I ended up in her courtroom on jury duty.” 

In the weeks just before, Lana started painting her house. She was going to sell the house that was not a home and try to fill in the missing pieces of her single life. The colors she selected were dull and drab. It’s not that she was lonely! Not with two supportive sisters and devoted parents. She had her faith, she was dedicated to her responsibilities as a judge, and was leaning heavily on God’s plan. Whatever that was.  

As it turns out, she kept the house that had started to feel like a trap. There is a framed note hanging on the wall in the home of David and Lana Myers. The walls are painted in light pleasant colors. 

Q: How have you become a better judge?

Justice Lana Myers: Since David and I have been together; I have grown closer to God, and have balance in my personal and professional life.  The peace and joy in my personal life has made me a better person, and thus, a better judge. 

To quote John Wooden, “When you are through learning, you are through.”  I never stop learning.  That attitude has made me a better judge. 

As a District Judge, I was a good listener–listening to the witnesses and attorneys who came before me in the trial court.  As an Appellate Justice, I have become an even better listener.  I have to listen more with my eyes than ears because we don’t hear from live witnesses.  I listen to their testimony through the cold record of the trial court.  I listen to brief oral arguments from the attorneys in court, but also listen through reading their briefs filed with the court. 

As I review cases on appeal, I find my nearly 15 years of judicial experience as a trial judge has given me invaluable perception and insight.  I listen carefully, thoughtfully, and with an open heart and mind.  My judicial experience has trained me to be a good listener. 

I see detail in everything. … That’s how I see the world.  I guess that comes from the artist in me.  I am perceptive, and don’t want to miss anything.  As an Appellate Justice, that perceptiveness translates into a detailed, thorough analysis of the legal issues presented to me.  The finished painting is the written opinion of the Court and God is a living presence in my life.

David and Lana Myers are active members of the First Baptist Church were David is preparing to begin teaching an adults Bible class. They glow.

Early voting is under way

By State Rep. Florence Shapiro
Just as our members of Congress need to be disciplined in the fight against reckless government spending, so should our state legislators.

With the possibility of an $18 billion budget gap, the upcoming legislative session will be unprecedented. It will require leadership, discipline, and a whole lot of old-fashioned grassroots involvement.

But it begins with your vote.

As a member of the Senate Finance Committee and as YOUR conservative leader in the Texas Senate, Senator Shapiro is already involved in the battle of philosophies regarding the proper role of taxpayer dollars. To continue that fight, she needs your support.

Early Voting Locations

The Texas Secretary of State has provided a quick and easy way to find out where to vote in your county:

https://team1.sos.state.tx.us/voterws/viw/faces/SearchSelectionPolling.jsp

Other Ways to Help

Please log on to http://www.shapirofortexas.org to:

* Keep up-to-date on the campaign
* Contribute to the campaign
* Let Senator Shapiro know what your priorities are for the legislative session next year

Rep: Ken Paxton: Keeping Texas’ economy strong

By Ken Paxton, Capitol Steps

Texas has built one of the strongest economies in the nation based largely on relatively low taxation and generally limited government interference in the private sector economy. Our business-friendly and family-friendly policies have helped Texas weather the economic downturn better than every other state and have made Texas the economic envy of the nation.

In 2007, for instance, the Legislature voted to devote more than $14 billion to property tax relief over two years. This followed on the heels of the action taken in the third special session of the 79th Legislature, in which a one-third reduction of school district property tax rates by 2008 was ensured through the creation of the Property Tax Relief Fund.

In 2009, my colleagues and I resisted attempts to spend the State’s Rainy Day Fund, which has helped to maintain a high bond rating. This is critical because it keeps borrowing costs low and therefore allows the State to fund costly infrastructure projects over the long term.

While the central challenge of the 2011 Legislative Session will be to again balance the budget without raising taxes, legislators must keep their eyes on the bigger picture. Fiscally-responsible policies are what have kept Texas’ economy head and shoulders above the rest of the nation. Continuing on this path is crucial.

At its core, the system of school district property taxation remains outdated and inefficient. Continued reform and reduction of the school district maintenance and operations property tax is imperative if Texas is to remain an attractive place to own a home and start or expand a business.

Ensuring that the State’s tax climate remains strong is imperative and can be achieved by reducing the negative effects of the business margins tax. At minimum, the Legislature must make the $1 million revenue exemption permanent for small businesses and seek to protect all businesses from the worst aspect of the tax, namely high compliance costs.

In short, while Texas’ economy is among the strongest in the nation, there is still much work to be done to keep our State competitive. I look forward to beginning this process when the next Legislative Session begins in January, 2011.

Ken Paxton represents Collin County in the Texas House of Representatives.

Oct. 23 is Miller time at the MPAC

By Danny Gallagher
dgallagher@acnpapers.com
Reprinted with permission of the McKinney Courier-Gazette
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Larry Miller is one busy man.
He’s a prolific actor with over 100 movie and television shows on his resume including “Seinfeld,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Pretty Woman” with Richard Gere, “Waiting for Guffman” and “Best in Show” directed by Christopher Guest and the movie and TV version of “10 Things I Hate About You.”
He’s a popular stand-up comic who performs at theaters and clubs across North America and late night TV for “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Real Time with Bill Maher”.
And even though writing material for his stage shows and TV appearances keeps him busy enough, he’s also added screenwriter, author, book critic, blogger (he writes on his website http://www.larrymillerhumor.com) and podcast host to his growing “To-Do” list.
However, the kind of busy that Miller is up against on this particular Friday afternoon doesn’t involve racing from one studio to the next or rushing to catch a red-eye flight to New Jersey at 5 a.m. in the morning (technically, his flight is the following Saturday). His schedule sounds like your typical suburban dad and loving husband, juggling work and family with the frantic proficiency of an Ed Sullivan variety act.
“I’m going to pick up one of the kids, and then I have a meeting over the hill at 4 p.m. my time with some guys who might be my new agents until roughly 5 p.m.,””Miller said. “Then I come back over here because one kid is at a cross-country meet, and I’m picking him up at 6 p.m. and I have to get him back here and get him showered and the other one dressed and then we’re going to meet my wife who’s a comedy writer downtown and meet her at 7 p.m. for dinner because today (Friday, Oct. 15 during the interview) is my birthday.”
It’s just one of the many themes Miller explores in his new one-man show called “Cocktails with Larry Miller.” Miller will serve up his show with two performances at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday at the McKinney Performing Arts Center on the downtown square.
He describes his latest performance as an eclectic mix of all of his artistic endeavors and talents including music, his first artistic passion that led him to comedy.
“I was a music major in school and I did studio work for singers before I got into comedy,” Miller said. “Then when I got into the Comic Strip in New York City as the drummer, I passed the audition as a comic and that was a way I could make a living.”
“Cocktails,” Miller said, is the first theatric show to combine his love for all of his artistic ambitions.
“I’ll never leave stand-up,” he said, “but this is different from stand-up just as a trumpet is different from a flute. On the surface, you can say they are both instruments and you can play a tune on both, but they are completely different.”
Miller’s stage show explores different themes through comedy, characters and music revolving around his experiences and universal themes of love, marriage and family. Of course, the performances change from show to show, Miller said.
“Every performer should be specific in their theme and actually,” he says with a laugh, “this has several subtitles. One is ‘Little League, Adultery and Other Bad Ideas’ and I love that one because I think it’s funny, and then there are other ones that are just themes I use like ‘The Truth About Marriage.’ ”
Miller said the comedy comes from relating his experiences to his audience and finding those universal truths that exist in every home whether the breadwinners who keep the home running are teachers and office managers or sitcom writers and character actors.
“I love talking about what I’ve learned over the years and what I love is learning that if it happens to me, it also happens to everyone and if I smell something, they can smell it too,” Miller said. “That’s why I love any audience: McKinney, Seattle, Chicago. It doesn’t matter. Audiences across Canada and America can understand me the way I understand me, the way you understand you.”
The themes for his show also evolved out of his humorous writings and essays, such as those from his best-selling humor book “Spoiled Rotten America: Outrages of Everyday Life.”
“I have an idea and a theme that sharecroppers in the 1840s had more leisure time than we do,” Miller said. “It’s a very hard life but at the end of their days, they would sit on their porch with a cup of moonshine and look out over the field and sit there for three hours. The concept of sitting somewhere for three hours sounds like two weeks in Tahiti for me.”
And even though this may sound like the sardonic ranting of a stage comic exploiting the frustrating foibles of his hectic life, Miller said a deeper truth always lies just beneath the surface.
“The truth is it’s wonderful. I wouldn’t change a thing,” Miller said. “I may be the luckiest guy in history.”

Corbett Howard: Why do we need another “Damp” election?

Why do we need another “Damp” election?

On May 11, 2004 the citizens of Celina voted by a slim margin for “the legal sale of beer and wine for off premise consumption only” and by a little larger margin, but close vote for “the legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders only.”
The primary goal of that election was to secure the Brookshires grocery store and that goal was achieved, and today we enjoy a great hometown store. The sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption is about retail sale of beer and wine whether that is sold by a Grocery chain, Mass Merchandisers like Target or Convenience Stores.

Let’s fast forward to November 2009, and the adoption of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan “Celina by Choice” by the City Council. The future land use map in the plan exposed the shortcoming of 90 to 95 percent of future retail; commercial development for Celina that is outside of the wet/dry option corporate boundary voted on in 2004.

Why are we holding a new wet/dry (Damp) election? There are several economic development and competitive reasons to address, but the simplest reason is the present wet/dry map shows a retail opportunity for only about 1,000 acres of area in Celina, and the Celina corporate limits have grown an approximate additional 10,000 acres since 2004. These additional acres give Celina strategic locations on the Preston Road and Dallas North Tollway corridors as well as annexed areas on the Collin County Outer loop and on the final DNT route.

The economic development reasons for updating our option area are the tax base expansion for the City of Celina and the CISD. Tax base expansion allows increased services for both entities without adding increased property taxes. Retail development adds sales tax revenue that directly funds our parks and open spaces and creates incentive for commercial and employment centers.

The competitive reason for the updated election is to have our boundary with Prosper and Denton County competitive. Both of these entities are 100 percent optioned for wet/dry, and this creates a real economic disadvantage to us.

The last answer is to the question what does “Damp” election mean? It is the positive connotation to a wet/dry election. In Celina, we won’t ever tolerate the existence of liquor stores or beer barns, nor should we. We understand development of solid retail and commercial ventures and that is what this election is all about.
Thank you

Corbett Howard
Executive Director
Celina Economic Development Corporation

TxDOT makes it easier to report problems on highways

By KEN PAXTON
State Representative
Capitol Steps

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) launched a new reporting system this week that makes it easier and faster for Texans to report maintenance issues on Texas highways.
The new, more efficient system also gives citizens a better opportunity to be a part of the maintenance solution by providing several million additional pairs of eyes to help TxDOT crews identify problems and preserve the State’s expansive transportation infrastructure.
TxDOT’s newly launched “Report a Pothole” initiative is available online at http://www.txdot.gov or the toll-free number at 888.885.8248.
With just a click of a mouse or a quick phone call, citizens can report a pothole, including the location of the damage.
Operators will answer phone lines from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Evening and weekend calls will go to voicemail and be returned the next morning or on the first working day of the following week. Please report any problems to help keep our state roads safe.
Attorney Ken Paxton represents Collin County in the State House.

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