Virtual Public Hearing with In-Person Option - IH 45 Central Walker County Widening Project Segment 2B
The virtual public hearing and in-person option dates and times are indicated below.
The virtual public hearing will be available beginning by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Comments received or postmarked by Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, will be included in the official hearing record.
In addition, TxDOT is providing an option for individuals who would like to participate in person instead of online. In-person attendees will be able to view the same video presentation, review hard copies of project materials, ask socially-distanced questions of TxDOT staff and/or consultants, and leave written comments. The in-person option will be held on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Walker County Storm Shelter located at 455 SH 75, Huntsville, TX 77320.
The focus of the project is to enhance safety, relieve congestion, and improve mobility along the corridor. The proposed improvements were previously presented in public meetings held in November 2016 and August 2018.
Segment 2B is a proposed widening project that extends 4.7 miles along IH 45 within the city limits of Huntsville with a usual right of way of 400 feet. The project would widen IH 45 from four to six lanes including reconstruction and realignment of freeway main lanes and ramps. In addition, the project would create two new interchanges: near San Jacinto Street (west of IH 45) and Moffett Springs Road (east of IH 45) and north of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Headquarters. A raised median along SH 75 from Brookview Drive to FM 2821 would be constructed to reduce vehicle turning conflicts. The project would also improve drainage structures, bridges, frontage roads, and crossroads adjacent to new ramps and interchanges.
Although additional right of way would be required, no residential or non-residential structures are anticipated to be displaced at this time. Information concerning services and benefits available to affected property owners and information about the tentative schedule for right-of-way acquisition and construction can be obtained from the TxDOT district office by calling (979) 778-9607.
The proposed project would involve construction in wetlands and would involve an action in a floodplain.
Any environmental documentation or studies, any maps and drawings showing the project location and design, tentative construction schedules, and other information regarding 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 North Earl Rudder Freeway, Bryan, Texas 77803 (phone: 979-778-2165). The project materials in hard copy form presented at the in-person option will also be available online.
Written comments from the public regarding the proposed project are requested and may be submitted by mail to the TxDOT Bryan District Office, Attn: Jann Keong Kam, P.E., 2591 North Earl Rudder Freeway, Bryan, Texas 77803. Written comments may also be submitted by email. All written comments must be received on or before Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. Additionally, members of the public can call 936-241-8802 to verbally provide testimony from 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13 until 11:59 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28, 2022.
If you have any general questions or concerns regarding the proposed project or virtual hearing or in-person option, please contact Neal Riddle, P.E., TxDOT Project Manager, by phone at 979-778-9791.
The virtual public hearing and in-person option 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 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 virtual public hearing or in-person option, please contact Bob Colwell, at (979) 778-9764 no later than 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. Please be aware that advance notice is required as some services and 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.
TxDOT Bryan District
2591 N. Earl Rudder Freeway
Bryan, TX 77803
Posted: Dec. 20, 2021