Virtual Public Meeting with In-Person Option - I Road from Rancho Blanco to Military Highway
A link to the virtual presentation and other meeting materials will be listed below at the date and time listed below.
Pharr City Council Chambers
118 S. Cage Blvd.
Pharr, TX 78577
Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021
Live by 4 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The City of Pharr, in cooperation with TxDOT, is proposing to widen and reconstruct “I” Road from Rancho Blanco Road to Military Highway (US 281) in Hidalgo County, Texas.
The virtual meeting will consist of a pre-recorded video presentation and will include both audio and visual components. The presentation will be posted online by Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 at 4 p.m. If you do not have internet access, you may call Omar Anzaldua, Jr., P.E., Pharr City Engineer, at (956) 402-4000 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, to ask questions and access project materials during the project development process.
The scope of the project would include widening and reconstructing 4.5 miles of “I” Road from a varying 24 to 48-foot rural road to a 50-foot rural road within a mostly existing 100-foot-wide right of way. The proposed road would include two 11-foot travel lanes, a 12-foot continuous left turn lane, two 8-foot shoulders, and a 10-foot shared use path for bicyclists and pedestrians. Drainage would be provided by roadside ditches. The project would include left turn lanes at major intersections. A total of 2.08 acres of proposed ROW would be required.
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 city of Pharr by calling (956) 402-4000.
The proposed project is anticipated to replace various existing irrigation structures within the Louisiana-Rio Grande Canal Irrigation Company, a national registered historic district. A portion of the project crosses the International Boundary and Water Commission levee, a registered historic property. TxDOT anticipates making a de minimis determination for these uses under Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966. Public comment on the effects of the proposed project on the activities, features, or attributes of the irrigation company or IBWC floodway may be submitted as described below. No impacts to wetlands are anticipated. The proposed project would involve an action in a floodplain.
Written comments from the public regarding the proposed project are requested and may be submitted by mail to the City of Pharr, Attn: Omar Anzaldua, Jr., P.E., 118 S. Cage Blvd., Pharr, TX 78577. Written comments may also be submitted by email. All comments must be received on or before Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. Responses to comments received will be available online once they have been prepared.
If you have any general questions or concerns regarding the proposed project or virtual meeting or inperson option, please contact Omar Anzaldua, Jr., P.E., City Engineer, at (956) 402-4000.
The virtual public meeting and in-person option will be conducted in English and Spanish. If you need an interpreter or document translator because neither English or Spanish is your primary language 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 or you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend and participate in the virtual public meeting or in-person option, please contact Omar Anzaldua, Jr., P.E., City Engineer, at (956) 402-4000 no later than 4 p.m. CT, Sept. 3, 2021. Please be aware that advance notice is required as some services and accommodations may require time for the city 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 Pharr District
600 W. I-2
Pharr, TX 78577
Posted Aug. 11, 2021