Notice of Availability - US 83 Relief Route Finding of No Significant Impact


Purpose: This notice is to advise the public that TxDOT issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed US 83 Relief Route from 0.85 miles east of FM 886 (El Faro Road) to 0.28 miles west of Showers Road in the cities of La Joya and Peñitas both in Hidalgo County, Texas.
   
Description: The project will be constructed in two or more phases. Phase one would involve construction of a four-lane divided rural highway consisting of two roadways separated by a depressed median, which would serve as the future frontage roads. Each roadway would consist of two 12-foot-wide travel lanes, a four-foot-wide inside and a 10-foot-wide outside shoulder.

Future phases of construction would include main lanes and overpasses within the depressed median. These main lanes would consist of two 12-foot-wide travel lanes with a four-foot-wide inside and a 10-foot-wide outside shoulder in each direction of travel. Controlled access ramps would provide connectivity between the main lanes and the frontage roads constructed during phase one. The proposed right of way (ROW) varies from 350 foot wide to 450 foot wide.

Copies of the FONSI, approved Environmental Assessment (EA), and Certification of Public Involvement are available for public inspection and reproduction at the TxDOT Pharr District Office, located at:

600 W. I-2
Pharr, TX

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 Dec. 16, 2014, and executed by FHWA and TxDOT.
   
Contact: TxDOT Pharr District
Environmental Coordinator
(956) 702-6130