Notice Affording Opportunity for Public Hearing and Notice of Availability – US 59


Purpose:

TxDOT is proposing roadway improvements along approximately 4.7 miles of the existing alignment of US 59 extending from Fostoria Road near the Montgomery/Liberty County line to State Loop 573 in Liberty County, Texas. This notice advises the public that a draft environmental assessment (EA) is available for public review and that TxDOT is affording an opportunity for a public hearing on the proposed project.

Description:

The proposed project would include:

  • Expanding the existing 4-lane divided highway to a 6-lane divided freeway with continuous 2-lane frontage roads in each direction
  • Replacing or adding bridges at Pin Oak Road, the East Fork of the San Jacinto River, and at the connector to Loop 105
  • Installing sidewalks on the outside of the proposed southbound frontage road
  • Constructing 8-foot wide shared use lanes for bicycles on the northbound and southbound frontage lanes
  • Improving drainage

A total of approximately 24 acres of new right of way would be required for the improvements.  The proposed project would potentially impact covered parking, a gasoline dispensing area and displace two commercial businesses.

The proposed project is located within the 100-year floodplain. The hydraulic design for the proposed project would be in accordance with current TxDOT and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) design policies and standards. A total of 4.40 acres of waters of the United States were found within the proposed project ROW, consisting of 1.65 acres of jurisdictional waters and 2.75 acres of adjacent wetlands.

Any interested person may request a public hearing covering the social, economic and environmental effects of the proposed location and design for this project. Requests for a public hearing must be submitted in writing on or before Friday, August 25, 2017, to:

TxDOT Beaumont District Office
Attn: Planning Engineer
8350 Eastex Freeway
Beaumont, TX 77708

The draft EA, maps showing the project location and design, the tentative construction schedule, and other information relative to the project are on file and available for inspection Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the TxDOT Beaumont District Office.

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by TxDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 16, 2014, and executed by FHWA and TxDOT.

Contact:

TxDOT Beaumont District
8350 Eastex Freeway
Beaumont, TX 77708

(409) 892-7311
Email

Posted: July 20, 2017