Virtual Public Hearing and Notice of Draft Environmental Assessment - 10/69 Interchanges Project


Where:

Virtual Public Hearing
*This will be a virtual public hearing via a pre-recorded video presentation
(no in-person public hearing)

When:

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
The pre-recorded presentation video will be available for comment by 5:30 p.m. A video will be posted near the bottom of this web page, at that time.

Purpose:

The purpose of the virtual public hearing is to gather public input on the proposed reconstruction and widening of I-10, from Walden Road (CR 131) to 7th Street and US 69 from Fannett Road (SH 124) to 11th Street in Jefferson County, Texas. This notice also advises the public that a draft environmental assessment (EA) is available for public review. Written and verbal testimony comments must be received on or before 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, to be a part of the official virtual public hearing record. 

Description:

The proposed project includes the following improvements:

  • Widening I-10 from Walden Road (CR131) to 7th Street and widening US 69 from Fannett Road (SH 124) to 11th Street
  • Widening I-10 in each direction from four to five lanes between Cardinal Drive and Eastex Freeway interchanges
  • Widening roadway approaches to the Cardinal Drive and Eastex Freeway interchanges on I-10 and US 69 would be widened in each direction from two lanes to three lanes
  • Adding new frontage roads for continuity, relocating I-10 ramps, and constructing two-lane direct connectors (flyovers) in each direction where I-10 and US 69 converge
  • Removing the Maury Meyers Bridge (Liberty/Laurel overpass) to address a height constraint for freight movements
  • Upgrading drainage to meet current design standards

The total project length is approximately five miles. The existing right of way (ROW) at the Eastex Freeway interchange varies from approximately 250 feet to 350 feet. Existing ROW at the Cardinal interchange varies from approximately 290 feet to 450 feet.

Approximately 11 acres of additional ROW is anticipated as part of the proposed project, mostly within the Eastex Freeway interchange, including potential easements or ROW for drainage. The ROW would remain unchanged at the Cardinal Drive interchange, but the ROW at the Eastex Freeway interchange is proposed to increase approximately 250 feet at its widest part. The proposed project would displace 41 commercial businesses and one government office within 12 commercial properties. No residential displacements are anticipated. Please review the landowner's rights publications, which contains more information about the TxDOT Relocation Assistance Program concerning services and benefits for displaced persons and businesses if needed.

To participate in the virtual public hearing, review the video on this page starting April 28, 2020, and provide your comment in the following ways:

Verbal Testimony:

  • Leave a recorded voicemail with your verbal testimony starting on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at 6 p.m.; you can leave a voicemail at any time until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2020:
    • Phone: (409) 898-5880

Written Comments:

  • Deadline: Submit written comments on or before 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2020:
    • Email: bmtprojects@txdot.gov
    • Website: Submit your comment online 
    • Mail: TxDOT Project Manager, 8350 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, Texas 77708

Special Accommodations:

TxDOT makes every reasonable effort to accommodate the needs of the public. The virtual public hearing video presentation will be in English, if you have a special communication accommodation or need for an interpreter, a request can be made. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can also be made to accommodate most needs. Requests should be made no later than Thursday, April 23, 2020, by calling (409) 898-5745. Please be aware that advance notice is requested as some accommodations may require time for TxDOT 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.