Notice of Availability - Finding of No Significant Impact - US 77


Purpose:

This notice is to advise the public that a final environmental assessment (EA) is available for public review and TxDOT has issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the proposed US 77 project from South of FM 66 to North of McMillan Street in Ellis County, Texas.

Description:

TxDOT proposes improvements to US 77 within the City of Waxahachie, in Ellis County, Texas. The project is approximately 1.2 miles in length. The proposed project would: replace the existing US 77 viaduct; construct a new parallel bridge west of the existing viaduct; and reconstruct the existing US 77 and Monroe Street in downtown Waxahachie to a couplet system that would tie into the existing and proposed bridges. In this case, US 77 (Elm Street) would carry all northbound traffic, and Monroe Street would carry all southbound traffic through downtown Waxahachie instead of each roadway carrying both types of traffic. The existing US 77 facilities include minimal sidewalks within the proposed project limits, and while sections of Monroe Street do include sidewalks, they are not contiguous. The project would require 3.8 acres of new right of way and 0.14 acre of permanent easement. Five businesses and no residences would be displaced as a result of this project.

To avoid noise impacts that may result from future development adjacent to a proposed highway project, a traffic noise analysis is included in the final EA, which includes predicted noise impact contours for currently undeveloped areas. These impact contours are intended as a general guide to assist local planning officials and developers plan and construct new activities in locations that would not result in traffic noise impacts. On the date of approval/clearance of an EA/FONSI (including the traffic noise analysis) for a proposed highway project, TxDOT is no longer responsible for providing noise abatement for new development.

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 the Federal Highway Administration and TxDOT.

Contact:

TxDOT Dallas District
Public Information Office

(214) 320-4480
Email

Posted 3/30/17