Texas Department of Transportation Houston District Engineer Michael Alford made a surprise presentation at today’s Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council meeting, presenting the Honorable James Patterson – Fort Bend County Commissioner Precinct 4 – with the prestigious Road Hand Award.
The Road Hand Award is a joint effort between the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Texas Good Roads/Transportation Association to recognize those special individuals who have freely given their time, energy, support and vision toward accomplishing important transportation programs or projects in their communities, their region or the entire state.
During his time in office, Commissioner Patterson has made transportation a key issue of his administration. He spearheaded and co-chaired the 2007 Fort Bend Mobility Committee which led to a successful passage of $180 million dollar bond program. One project that resulted from this program is construction of FM 1464, a four-lane divided highway built to replace the existing two-lane roadway.
Further, he has led the effort to create the first public transportation department in Fort Bend County to allow the county to compete for public transit funds. Patterson supported Fort Bend County’s Toll Road Program by voting to expand and improve the existing facilities.
Commissioner Patterson also serves on the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) representing the eight-county Houston-Galveston area metropolitan planning organization. From 2008 until 2011, he honorably served as Chair for the council. The TPC consists of a 24-member group that provides policy guidance and overall coordination of the transportation planning activities within the Houston-Galveston region.
“His dedicated public service and the positive impact he has had on Texas’ highway system make Commissioner Patterson justly deserving of joining the elite group of Texas Road Hands,” Alford said.
Photos from the event are included with this press release. For more information please contact Danny Perez, TxDOT Public Information Officer – Houston District, at (713) 802-5077.