TxDOT to Host Public Hearing for SH 71 Improvements at Tucker Hill Lane and Pope Bend Road

Contact: Brad Wheelis

Phone: (512) 832-7060

Date: May 16, 2018

BASTROP – TxDOT will host a public hearing to discuss the proposed improvements to SH 71 at the intersections of Tucker Hill Lane and Pope Bend Road, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Cedar Creek High School, 793 Union Chapel Road, Cedar Creek, TX  78612.

The hearing will begin with an open house at 5:30 p.m. followed by a formal presentation at 6:15 p.m. A public comment session will be held after the presentation.

The purpose of the proposed projects is to enhance safety and manage congestion. Proposed improvements include

  • Two new overpass bridges on SH 71 over the existing signalized intersections at Tucker Hill Lane and Pope Bend Road
  • One-way frontage roads within the project limits
  • Improved and expanded bicycle and pedestrian paths

The projects, with estimated construction costs of $27.7 million for Tucker Hill Lane and $24.9 million for Pope Bend Road, would improve safety and mobility for users of SH 71, while minimizing right-of-way, community and environmental impacts. The projects require 24.5 acres of right of way at the Tucker Hill Lane intersection, and 11.09 acres at the Pope Bend Road intersection. The acreage at Pope Bend Road includes 2.13 acres in McKinney Roughs Nature Park. No residents or businesses will be displaced.

Displays will be available for review, and staff will be present to answer questions at the open house portion of the hearing. Verbal and written comments from the public are requested.

Those unable to attend the meeting in person can mail their comments to:

TxDOT Austin District
Attn: Jon Geiselbrecht
P.O. Box 15426
Austin, TX 78761-5426

Written comments must be received by Wednesday, June 6, 2018, to be included in the public record.

For more information on the project, visit TxDOT.gov and use the keywords “SH 71 at Tucker Hill.” 


The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. Through collaboration and leadership, we deliver a safe, reliable, and integrated transportation system that enables the movement of people and goods.  Find out more at TxDOT.gov. "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Media Center