Where:

Morgan's Wonderland 
5223 David Edwards Dr. 
San Antonio, TX 78233 (Map)

When:

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Open House
6 p.m. - Public Hearing 

Purpose:

The purpose of the hearing is to present the planned improvements and to receive public comment on the proposed expansion of I-35 from I-410 South to FM 1103 in Bexar, Comal and Guadalupe Counties, Texas. The distance between the construction limits on I-35 is approximately 19.5 miles. Displays will be available for viewing at 5:00 p.m., with the formal hearing beginning at 6:00 p.m. Comments must be received on or before Aug. 30, 2019 to be a part of the official hearing record.

Description:

TxDOT proposes to expand I-35 to improve mobility from I-410 South to FM 1103. The project would not be tolled. The project would construct two 15-mile long bridges (i.e. upper decks) between the I-35 main lanes and frontage roads from I-410 South to FM 3009. These upper decks would carry one high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane and two general purpose lanes in each direction. Additional bridges would be constructed to connect the new upper decks of I-35 to I-410 South, I-410 North, Loop 1604 West, and Loop 1604 East. The proposed improvements between FM 3009 and FM 1103 would include at-grade widening of the main lanes for the addition of two general purpose lanes. The project would also include incidental construction necessary to transition the new upper decks and connectors with the existing highways including revisions to ramps and frontage roads, along with accommodations for drainage, utilities, signs and other highway improvements. The proposed project would have no adverse effect on historic properties. In accordance with 36 CFR § 800.2(d), there will be an opportunity for the public to review and comment on effects to historic properties at the hearing. The project would require less than one acre of land from a property that is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places: Hansmann Farm located at 7205 FM 482, New Braunfels, TX 78132. The acquisition of new ROW constitutes a de minimis use of a historic site under the U.S. Department of Transportation Act Section 4(f) regulations (23 CFR 774). 

The project may be constructed in phases depending upon the availability of funds. The initial phase would construct upper decks between I-410 North and FM 3009, and would include direct connectors with I-410 North and Loop 1604 west. The project would be constructed using state and federal funds. TxDOT intends to construct the initial phase through a design-build contract.

The project would require approximately 36.5 acres of new right of way. Approximately 21 acres were previously cleared in the 2015 EA and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI); this previously cleared right of way has already been acquired by TxDOT or is currently being acquired. Approximately 15.5 acres of new right of way are required for the EA reevaluation project due to design changes from the EA/FONSI. This new additional right of way generally occurs in narrow slivers along the project corridor. The proposed project is anticipated to displace residential and commercial structures. Information about the TxDOT Relocation Assistance Program, benefits and services for displaces and affected property owners, as well as information about the tentative schedules for ROW acquisition and construction can be obtained from the TxDOT district office at the address listed below. Relocation assistance is available for displaced persons and businesses.

The project would encroach on the floodplain at several locations and would comply with federal Executive Order 11988 on Floodplain Management. No wetlands would be impacted by the project. The proposed project is not located within the contributing or recharge zones of the Edwards Aquifer; therefore, the Edwards Aquifer Rules do not apply to this project. The proposed project would have no adverse effect on historic properties. In accordance with 36 CFR § 800.2(d), there will be an opportunity for the public to review and comment on effects to historic properties at the hearing. The project would require less than one acre of land from a property that is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places: Hansmann Farm located at 7205 FM 482, New Braunfels, TX 78132. The acquisition of new ROW constitutes a de minimis use of a historic site under the U.S. Department of Transportation Act Section 4(f) regulations (23 CFR 774). 

The draft EA Reevaluation Checklist, technical memoranda and reports, maps showing the project location and design, tentative construction schedules, and other information regarding the project will be available for inspection starting July 31, 2019, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at TxDOT San Antonio District located at 4615 Northwest Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78229.  Please contact the I-35 Project Manager at (210) 615-6125 to schedule an appointment to view the available information or if you have any general questions or concerns regarding the proposed project or the hearing.

Special Accommodation:

TxDOT makes every reasonable effort to accommodate the needs of the public. The open house will be in English. 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 239-297-2470 at least 2 working days prior to the meeting. Please be aware that advance notice is requested as some 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 December 16, 2014, and executed by FHWA and TxDOT.

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Contact:

TxDOT San Antonio District
4615 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78229-0928

(210) 615-5839

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Posted July 18, 2019