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Where:

To log onto the virtual public hearing, go to the following web address at the date and time indicated below: Memorial Heights Shepherd and Durham Major Investment Project.

When:

The pre-recorded presentation will be posted on this page on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

Purpose:

The purpose of the virtual public hearing is to gather public input on the reconstruction of Shepherd and Durham Drives from I-610 to I-10 in Harris County, Texas. The Memorial Heights Redevelopment Authority (MHRA) in partnership with TxDOT will be conducting an on-line virtual public hearing on the proposed project to conform to Public Transportation Hearing Texas Administrative Code 43 TAC 2.107. The virtual public hearing will consist of a narrated presentation by the project team, project exhibits and other information, and an opportunity to comment. If you do not have internet access, you may contact the MHRA President, at 832-429-6237 between the hours of 9 A.M. and 4 P.M., Monday through Friday, to ask questions and access project materials during the project development process. Comments must be received on or before Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, to be a part of the official hearing record.

Description:

The proposed project would reduce the number of through lanes from four to three and construct pedestrian and bicycle facilities in the form of six- to ten-foot-wide sidewalks on both sides of Shepherd and Durham Drives and bike lanes (six-foot-wide behind the curb) on the east sides of both Shepherd and Durham Drives. The project also proposes to replace and upgrade sanitary and water lines as well as make improvements to traffic signals, landscaping, crosswalk striping and storm water utilities. The project may require minor right-of-way acquisition at West 20th, West 19th and West 11th to accommodate turning movements and sight-line improvements.  This project would provide new connections to the White Oak Bayou Greenway Trail and Missouri-Kansas-Texas Trail. The approximate length of the project is 2.4 miles.

Although additional right-of-way would be required, no residential or non-residential structures are anticipated to be displaced. 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 MHRA by calling 832-429-6237.

Any environmental documentation or studies, maps and drawings showing the project location and design, tentative construction schedules, and other information regarding the proposed project are available online at: Memorial Heights Shepherd and Durham Major Investment Project.

Special Accommodations:

TxDOT makes every reasonable effort to accommodate the needs of the public. The virtual public hearing materials and exhibits will be in English. The narrated project presentation will be in English and Spanish. 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. Please call MHRA at (832) 429-6237 no later than Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, to request special accommodations. Please be aware that advance notice is requested as some accommodations may require time for MHRA 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:

Reference the following project numbers: CSJ 0912-72-607

TxDOT Houston District
Public Information Office
P.O. Box 1386
Houston, Texas 77251
(713) 802-5076

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Posted: Dec. 22, 2020