The Austin monthly luncheon in February featured State Senator Kirk Watson. In his first visit with the membership since 2010, Senator Watson shared his views on the importance of transportation and planning for infrastructure development for the continued economic success of the state. In addition he discussed his plans to bring a world-class medical school to the Austin area. Senator Watson, who serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Transportation & Homeland Security Committee, praised the efforts of his colleague Senator Tommy Williams who has publicly championed long-term stable funding for highways in Texas. Senator Watson supports Chairman Williams’ proposal to increase the vehicle registration fee and has pledged to work with the chapter on highway funding next session.
The February and March meetings with the TxDOT Austin district personnel were well attended and productive. The group discussed several important issues such as delayed start of construction on projects, electrical work on projects, continued problems with drought conditions, hot mix, and consultant inspection on the I-35 corridor projects. District Engineer Carlos Lopez and Construction Engineer Tim Weight are committed to the spirit of partnering with industry to bring the best possible solutions to all issues in order to deliver quality projects on time to the traveling public.
In March, the chapter held its annual spring PAC golf tournament at Falconhead golf course. The members gathered for a day of recreation, fellowship, and support for the chapter’s allimportant public affairs activities. Area Chairman Curtis Van Cleve and Associate Vice Chairman Jim Siddons did a tremendous job organizing the tournament this year.
The Austin area forecast dinner and meeting will be held April 25, 2012 at the Four Seasons hotel. Attendance is expected to be great, and attendees will hear presentations from Travis County, Hays County, the City of Austin, the Central Texas RMA, and TxDOT.