Public Hearing Scheduled for Montana (US 62/180)

Contact: Jennifer Wright

Phone: (915) 790-4340

Date: July 23, 2018

Members of the public can learn more about the future of Montana Avenue (US 62/180) during a scheduled public hearing Thursday, Aug. 2, at the R.E.L. Washington Elementary School Gymnasium, 3505 Lee Trevino Drive.

The purpose of the public hearing is to present planned improvements and gather public input on US 62/180 (Montana Avenue) from Global Reach Drive to FM 659 (North Zaragoza Road). A draft Environmental Assessment is available for review. The first part of the meeting starts at 5 p.m. and will be an open house format allowing the public to come and go at their convenience. The second half of the meeting starts at 6 p.m. with a formal presentation and comment period.

The proposed improvements would widen US 62/180 (Montana Avenue) to consist of three controlled-access mainlanes in each direction, three frontage road lanes in each direction from Global Reach Drive to Loop 375, and two frontage road lanes in each direction from SL 375 to FM 659 (N. Zaragoza Road). The project would also include the construction of a shared-use path, bike lane, sidewalks, and landscaping. Two direct connector ramps would be constructed at US 62/180 (Montana Avenue) and Global Reach Drive, and four direct connector ramps would be constructed at the US 62/180 (Montana Avenue) and SL 375. The proposed project would be phased.

“This project would transform Montana into an expressway, helping alleviate the heavy traffic flow it currently experiences and accommodating future transportation needs,” said TxDOT El Paso District Engineer Bob Bielek. “The area has seen significant growth in recent years and it shows no signs of slowing. The elimination of frequent signal lights and the addition of a shared-use path and sidewalks will address safety, and the addition of direct connectors and frontage roads will improve mobility in that part of East El Paso.”

Unlike a public meeting, a public hearing is held after project location and design studies are developed and are held to gather community comments from all interested parties for the official public record prior to a final decision. It is one of the last phases before construction begins.

The hearing will be conducted in English, but a Spanish interpreter will be present.


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