Public Hearing - I-20/Ranger Hill, Eastland County


Where:

Ranger High School Cafeteria
1842 TX-254
Ranger, TX

When:

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016
5:30 p.m.
Formal Presentation: 6:15 p.m.

Purpose:

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is hosting a public hearing to share proposed changes to I-20 that would improve safety for the traveling public. The 2-mile stretch to be improved is in Eastland County, from about 3.5 miles east of Loop 254 to SH 16. The purpose of the hearing is to present the planned improvements and to receive public comment on the proposed project.

Description:

The proposed project would consist of interstate improvements that would update the I-20 design to meet current TxDOT design standards within the approximately 3-mile project area. The design would realign I-20 approximately 500 feet south of the existing alignment to reduce the existing horizontal curvature (“S-curve") to approximately one degree. The proposed design also would reduce the vertical grade from six to no more than three percent and would update the interstate from a super elevation (banking) of 8 percent to 4 percent.

The proposed interstate would include two 12-foot mainlanes in each direction with room for 10-foot shoulders. In addition there would be a new 12-foot climbing (or passing) lane for westbound traffic. The proposed interstate would also consist of construction of two new continuous two-way frontage roads on either side of the I-20 main lanes. The frontage roads would consist of two 12-foot lanes with a 4-foot inside shoulder and an eight-foot outside shoulder. It is anticipated that construction would begin in January 2017 and last approximately three years.

The proposed right of way (ROW) would vary from 300 to 1,380 feet for a total of approximately 260 acres, including an existing TxDOT safety rest area. TxDOT would acquire approximately 89 acres of ROW from adjacent private landowners for the expansion of the proposed project. Although additional ROW is required, no residential or non-residential structures would be displaced. Information concerning services and benefits available to affected property owners and information about the tentative schedule for ROW acquisition may be obtained from the district office at the address listed below and at the hearing.

The draft environmental assessment (EA), maps showing the project location and design, tentative construction schedules and other information relative to the project are on file and available for review on the Ranger Hill project page and for inspection Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the TxDOT Brownwood District office at 2495 Highway 183 North, Brownwood, TX 76802.  This information will also be available for inspection at the hearing. Verbal and written comments from the public regarding the project are requested and may be presented at the hearing, or submitted in person or by mail to:

Attn: Jason Scantling
TxDOT Brownwood District
2495 Highway 183 North
Brownwood, TX 76802

Comments must be received on or before Aug. 30, 2016, to be part of the official hearing record.

The hearing will be conducted in English. People interested in attending the hearing who have special communication or accommodation needs, such as the need for an interpreter, are encouraged to contact (325) 643-0415. Requests should be made at least two days prior to the public hearing. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate these needs.

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 Brownwood District

(325) 643-0411
Email

Posted Aug. 2, 2016.