The Public Information Officer, Tom Tagliabue, from the Corpus Christi District of the Texas Department of Transportation came to the Karnes City Chamber of Commerce last week, on May 29, 2012.
He had made an appointment to do so with me earlier in the month and stated he would spend at least an hour discussing some of the history of the Karnes County Texas Highway Department’s past here through pictures, diaries, and experiences of my Dad, Mason Johnson, who served with the Corpus Christi District for over 30 years and was the Senior Resident Engineer here during his time in Karnes County.
I had gathered together several of his diaries that he had begun writing in about his daily work starting in 1925. Also, many of his pictures that he took while building the county roads and main highways in Karnes County were available for him to look at.
He had heard about my book, Karnes County, and even though some of his pictures had been in a chapter in my book, many more were not.
Mr. Tagliabue also wanted to know what it was like growing up with a Dad who spent so many years building the roads, highways, bridges, and even the city streets here and for all of the areas surrounding the cities that were growing along with the transportation needs.
And since one of Mr. Tagliabue’s duties is to keep Karnes County and other counties in the Corpus Christi District informed on what is going on with our roads, highways and bridges at this busy time, he wanted to share how he is working on getting better communication means for all of us. I told him we would be very glad to know what to expect soon and in the future concerning keeping our highways and roads in good shape.
He assured that the Corpus Christi District is well aware of the increased amount of traffic that is taking place here and many other areas of South Central Texas. As the Public Information Officer, he also is responsible for publishing their newsletters and other information sources for all of us. It was refreshing to me to meet him and know that the Texas Highway Department’s Corpus Christi District is concerned about keeping all of us informed and when he does, I’ll be able to report as needed to all of our community. In the meantime, let us all take care about our driving and keeping safe on the roads and highways.