Notice Draft Environmental Assessment Availabilty and Virtual Public Hearing with In-Person Option for Borderland Expressway Project
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Notice Draft Environmental Assessment Availabilty and Virtual Public Hearing with In-Person Option for Borderland Expressway Project


Where:

The virtual public hearing will be posted below beginning Thursday, June 9, 2022, at 12 p.m. (MDT). The materials can be viewed at your convenience.

Additionally, TxDOT is providing an in-person hearing option for individuals who would like to participate in person instead of online. In-person attendees will be able to review the same materials and presentation as the online public hearing.

When:

The virtual meeting room link will be posted on this page on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at 12 p.m. (MDT).  

Additionally, TxDOT is providing an in-person option for individuals who would like to participate in person instead of online. In-person attendees will be able to view the same presentation and materials delivered in the online public hearing, which will be playing on a screen, review hard copies of project materials, ask questions of TxDOT staff, and leave written comments. The in-person option will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the TxDOT District offices located at 13301 Gateway Blvd, W, El Paso, TX 79928. For both the virtual public hearing and in-person option, members of the public may call (915) 400-1150 to provide verbal testimony immediately following posting of the virtual public hearing presentation, from Thursday, June 9, 2022, at 12 p.m. (MDT), through Friday, June 24, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. (MDT).

Purpose:

TxDOT is proposing to construct Borderland Expressway Project (formerly known as Northeast Parkway Project) on Loop 375 (SL 375) East of Railroad Drive Overpass to Farm to Market Road 3255 (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) at the Texas-New Mexico state line, in El Paso County, Texas. This notice advises the public that a draft environmental assessment is available for public review and that TxDOT will be conducting an online virtual public hearing on the proposed project with an in-person option.

The virtual hearing will consist of a pre-recorded video presentation and will include both audio and visual components. In-person attendees will be able to view the same presentation delivered in the online public hearing, which will be playing on a screen, review hard copies of project materials, ask questions of TxDOT staff and/or consultants from a socially distanced approach, and leave written comments. Comments must be received on or before Friday, June 24, 2022, to be a part of the official hearing record.

Description:

The proposed Borderland Expressway Project within Texas would be a new location roadway on Loop 375 East of the Railroad Drive Overpass to FM 3255 (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) at the Texas-New Mexico state line in El Paso County, Texas. The project length is approximately 10.8 miles. Construction would be done in three phases. Construction phases are proposed as follows: Phase 1- frontage roads between Railroad Drive to Business US 54 (Dyer Street); Phase 2- main lanes from Railroad Drive to FM 3255 (MLK Jr. Boulevard); and Phase 3- mainlines from Business US 54 (Dyer Street) to Loop 375. The project corridor is within El Paso County and will affect the city of El Paso.

Although 544 acres of 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 (915) 790-4340 or (915) 790-4341.

The proposed project would involve an action in a floodplain. The proposed project would impact archeological resources subject to Section 106. Texas Historical Commission coordination is ongoing to determine appropriate mitigation for potential impacts to these resources.

The draft EA, 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. MDT at the TxDOT El Paso District Office, by calling Gus Sanchez at (915) 790-4233 or Dora Fernandez at (915) 478-3367. Project materials are also available online in the Downloads section below. These materials will also be available in hard copy form for review at the in-person option.

Special Accommodations:

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 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 virtual public hearing or in-person option, please contact the Public Information Office, El Paso District, at (915) 790-4340 or (915) 790-4341 no later than 4 p.m. MDT, on June 1, 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.

Contact:

TxDOT El Paso District
Attn: Gus Sanchez - BLE
13301 Gateway Blvd. West
El Paso, TX 79928

(915) 790-4359
Email

Posted May 24, 2022

 

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