Notice Affording Opportunity for Public Hearing - US 59


Purpose: TxDOT, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the City of El Campo, is offering the opportunity to request a public hearing covering the social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed project to provide frontage roads and convert the existing lanes of U.S. Highway (US) 59 from Business 59 south of El Campo to State Highway (SH) 71 to a controlled access facility that meets interstate standards.

Any interested citizen may request a public hearing covering the social, economic and environmental effects of the proposed location and design for this project. Requests for a public hearing must be submitted in writing on or before March 20, 2015 to:

Texas Department of Transportation
403 Huck St.
Yoakum, TX 77995

If such a request is received, a public hearing will be scheduled. Adequate notice will be published to announce the date and location of the hearing.

The Environmental Assessment, project location map, drawings, and other information about the proposed project are available for inspection at:
 
  • TxDOT Yoakum District Office
    403 Huck St.
    Yoakum, TX 77995
    (361) 293-4347

  • City of El Campo Civic Center
    2350 N. Mechanic St.
    El Campo, TX 77437

  • Wharton County Library, El Campo Branch
    200 W. Church St.
    El Campo, TX 77437
  • City of El Campo
    315 E. Jackson St.
    El Campo, TX 77437
    (979) 541-5000

  • TxDOT Wharton Area Office
    1512 FM 102
    Wharton, TX 77488
    (979) 532-3141
  The information is also available online.
   
Description: The proposed project would consist of the addition of frontage roads to provide access control along the existing US 59 facility. The mainlane typical section would remain the same and include two 12-foot lanes in each direction, 10-foot outside shoulders, 6-foot inside shoulders and a 42-foot center median. Approximately 30-180 feet of grassy median would be between the mainlanes and the frontage roads. The frontage roads would consist of two 12-foot lanes, 10-foot outside shoulders, 4-foot inside shoulders and a maximum of a 46-foot grassy ditch on each outside edge. The right of way (ROW) would be a maximum of 610 feet and would be minimized in locations to avoid potential impacts and displacements. A 5-foot sidewalk would be provided on both sides of the facility between the frontage road and the ROW. Bicycle use would be permitted on the 10-foot outside shoulder of the frontage roads. The existing frontage roads accommodate traffic in both directions because the frontage road network is incomplete. The proposed project includes completing the frontage road network which allows them to be converted to one way use thereby improving safety and operations.

The preliminary construction cost estimate for the proposed project is $13,239,000. 15.2 acres of new ROW and 123.75 acres of existing ROW would be utilized for construction of the proposed project.

Although additional ROW is required, no houses or businesses would be displaced. Information concerning services and benefits available to affected property owners and information about the tentative schedule for ROW acquisition and construction may be obtained from the TxDOT Yoakum District Office.

The proposed project would cross two 100-year floodplains and total approximately 22 acres. One water of the U.S. and two wetlands (0.06 acre) would be impacted by the proposed project and would require a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit 14.

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. 16, 2014, and executed by FHWA and TxDOT.
   
Deadline: Written requests must be submitted on or before March 20, 2015.
   
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Contact: TxDOT Yoakum District
403 Huck St.
Yoakum, TX, 77995

(361) 293-4347
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