GRIMES COUNTY – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, June 30, 2016, at the Navasota Junior High School, located at 9038 State Highway 90 South in Navasota, Texas. The purpose of the hearing is to present the proposed preliminary design for the construction of SH 249 from FM 1774 to SH 105 in Grimes County and to receive public comment. Displays of the design will be available for viewing at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria with the formal hearing commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the gym located across the hall within the same building. Parking is available at both the junior high school and adjacent high school campuses.
The proposed project would construct a two-lane roadway with shoulders and a passing lane in alternating directions within right-of-way that would accommodate future widening to a four-lane divided roadway. The typical right-of-way width would be 400-450 feet. The proposed two-lane roadway would be tolled. In addition, two-lane, one-way, non-tolled frontage roads would be constructed along approximately five miles of the proposed project (from Urbanosky Lane to west of CR 304). Approximately 623-658 acres of new right-of-way would be required. No displacements would be required.
Information about TxDOT’s right-of-way acquisition procedures, the TxDOT Relocation Assistance Program, as well as information about the tentative schedule for right-of-way acquisition and construction may be obtained at the hearing, from the TxDOT Bryan District Office and online. The project would cross the 100-year floodplains associated with Mill Creek and a tributary of Beason Creek. The project would also cross numerous creeks and streams; however, no wetlands have been identified within the new right-of-way.
Exhibits showing the proposed project’s location and design will be displayed at the hearing. The Environmental Assessment for the project will also be available for review. These and other information about the proposed 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 Bryan District Office located at 2591 N. Earl Rudder Freeway in Bryan, Texas. Project information is also available.
All interested persons are invited to attend this public hearing. Verbal and written comments relative to the proposed project may be presented at the hearing. Written comments may also be submitted by mail to TxDOT Bryan District Office, Attn: SH 249 – Grimes, 2591 N. Earl Rudder Freeway, Bryan, Texas 77803, or by e-mail. Comments must be received or postmarked on or before Thursday, July 14, 2016, to be included in the official hearing record.
The public hearing will be conducted in English. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Persons interested in attending the public hearing who have other special communication or accommodation needs are encouraged to contact TxDOT’s Bryan District Office at (979) 778-2165 at least five working days prior to the hearing. TxDOT will make every reasonable effort to accommodate these needs.
For more information, contact Bobby.Colwell@txdot.gov or (979) 778-9764.
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