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Where:

The virtual meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 at 5 p.m.

When:

The virtual meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 at 5 p.m. and will remain available until Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. The meeting will consist of a virtual room and will include both audio and visual components. All comments must be postmarked or received on or before Thursday, Feb. 10, 2021.

In addition to the virtual public meeting, TxDOT is providing an in-person option for individuals who would like to participate in-person instead of online. The in-person option will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendance at the in-person option will be by appointment only.

Purpose:

TxDOT Pharr District is proposing to widen approximately 9.7 miles of SH 107 from SH 495 (Griffin Parkway) to FM 2220 (Ware Road) in Hidalgo County, Texas. The virtual meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 at 5 p.m. Written comments from the public regarding the proposed project are requested and may be submitted by mail to Blanton & Associates, Inc., Attn: SH 107 Project, 5 Lakeway Centre Court, Suite 200, Austin, TX 78704. Written comments may also be submitted by email to SH107Project@blantonassociates.com. Verbal comments may be submitted by phone by leaving a voice message at (956) 332-2570. All comments must be postmarked or received on or before Thursday, Feb. 10, 2021. Responses to comments received will be available online at the web address noted above once they have been prepared.

Description:

This approximately 9.7-mile section of SH 107 from SH 495 to FM 2220 is currently four lanes in each direction. TxDOT is proposing to widen the existing roadway and provide a raised median. TxDOT will consider the location of left-turn bays and crossovers along the project length. Additionally, TxDOT is requesting input on the preferred location of a shared-use path. Improvements would be done within the existing 170-foot right of way and no new right of way or easements are expected to be needed for the project.

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 (956) 702-6100.

The proposed project may involve construction in wetlands and is within a floodplain.

How to sign up for in-person meeting:

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 delivered in the online public meeting (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. The in-person option will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the TxDOT Pharr Area Office, 521 W. Ferguson Pharr, TX, 78577-1231. Attendance at the in-person option will be by appointment, only. Individuals wishing to attend the in-person option must call Isaac Garza, P.E. at (956) 702-6248 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to make an appointment. In recognition of COVID-19, enhanced safety measures will be applied at the in-person option, including a requirement to wear a face mask, submit to a temperature check prior to entry, have an appointment and follow social distancing practices. If anyone arrives without an appointment, they may be asked to wait outside to ensure the appropriate occupancy is maintained within the meeting room.

Special Accommodations:

The virtual public meeting and in-person option will be conducted in English and Spanish. If you need an interpreter or document translator because English or Spanish are not your primary languages or you have difficulty communicating effectively in English or Spanish, 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, you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend, or if you want to participate in the in-person option, please contact Isaac Garza, P.E. of the TxDOT Pharr District office at (956) 702-6248 no later than 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. 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 Pharr District
600 W. I-2
Pharr, TX 78577

(956) 702-6100

Email

Posted Jan. 8, 2021