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Where:

A link to the virtual public meeting presentation was posted on this page at the date and time listed below.

When:

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 by 5 p.m.

Purpose:

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will be conducting a virtual public meeting to receive public comments on proposed improvements to widen and reconstruct US 82 from the Red River County Line to 0.1 mile west of US 259 near De Kalb, Bowie County, Texas. The total length is approximately 6.87 miles.

Description:

This virtual public meeting is to provide information and receive comments from the public for the proposed improvements including widening US 82 from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane divided roadway with a paved median. In addition, the project will include a drainage design featuring replacement of the existing culverts and appropriate modifications to the open roadside ditches. Additional right of way will be required for this project.

Maps showing the project location, design, and other information regarding the project will be available in the virtual room. The previously mentioned materials will be available below, or you may call (903) 799-1342 to request materials and ask questions.

As part of this project, TxDOT is considering a Section 4(f) de minimis impact determination for impacts to the Northeast Texas Trail. The proposed widening of US 82 would require the relocation of this section of trail approximately 25-feet to the south of its current location.  This section of trail would also be temporarily closed during construction. A Section 4(f) de minimis finding means that the proposed project would not adversely affect the activities, features, or attributes that qualify the Northeast Texas Trail for protection under Section 4(f). Bowie County and TxDOT will consider comments received during the environmental process before making a final Section 4(f) de minimis determination.

Comments must be submitted via mail or email on or before Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 to be included in the official public record. To submit a comment by mail, send it to the TxDOT Atlanta District Office, Attention: Katie Martin, P.E., 701 E. Main St., Atlanta, TX 75551. To submit a comment by email, click on the following link: US 82 West Project Input. For additional information, please contact Katie Martin, P.E. via phone at (903) 799-1342; or Email.

Link to the Virtual Meeting:

On the date and time listed above, a link will be provided above that will direct you to the virtual room. This web site will provide a narrative that describes each of the study materials and handouts that would have been shown at the in-person meetings. There will also be an option to send comments from the site directly to TxDOT, or you can download a PDF of the comment card for mailing or email. If you have questions or do not have a way of accessing the virtual public meeting, please contact (903) 799-1342.

Special Accommodations:

The US 82 West Virtual Public Meeting will be conducted in English. If you need an interpreter or document translator because English is not your primary language or you have difficulty communicating effectively in English, one will be provided to you. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. If you need interpretation or translation services or you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend and participate in the US 82 West Virtual Public Meeting, please contact Katie Martin, P.E., Atlanta District, at (903) 799-1342 no later than 4 p.m. CT, Sept. 11, 2020. Please be aware that advance notice is required as some services and accommodations may require time for the Texas Department of Transportation to arrange.

Memorandum of Understanding:

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. 9, 2019 and executed by FHWA and TxDOT.

Contact:

TxDOT Atlanta District
701 E. Main St.
Atlanta, Texas 75551
Phone: (903) 799-1342
Email

Posted:  Aug. 25, 2020