TxDOT is proposing to add an additional track over the Neches River, which requires construction and operation of an additional lift bridge north of the existing rail bridge in Jefferson and Orange counties. The project would be subject to Chapter 26 of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code for the taking of land associated with the Riverfront Park. Section 4(f) and Section 6(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act would also apply. It is anticipated that a de minimis Section 4(f) determination would be pursued for the Riverfront Park and Beaumont Police Department. Section 6(f) would apply to Riverfront Park. The project would have no adverse effect to properties protected under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Although additional right of way is required, no residential structures or businesses would be displaced.

TxDOT is conducting a public hearing to present proposed rail improvements and receive public comment pertaining to the Neches River Bridge Study. The Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) will also be available for comment at a public hearing. The study team will then respond to those comments within the Final EA prior to the lead agency making the decision.

The public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 25, 2016.

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Downloads Format
Notice (Español)
Public Meeting Summary - Oct. 21, 2015
Public Hearing Presentation - Aug. 25, 2016
Public Hearing Exibihits - Aug. 25, 2016
Public Hearing Summary - Aug. 25, 2016


Schematics Format
Build Alternative 1 of 2
Build Alternative 2 of 2


Environmental Assessment Format
Final EA
Draft EA
Draft EA Appendix A - No Build Alternative
Draft EA Appendix B - Alternative Development Matrix
Draft EA Appendix C - Build Alternative (30% Design)
Draft EA Appendix D - Environmental Resource Exhibits
Draft EA Appendix E - Site Photographs
Draft EA Appendix F - Coordination


Technical Reports Format
Noise and Vibration Analyses Technical Report - June 2016
Archeological Survey Report - May 2016 - Redacted
Essential Fish Habitat Assessment - March 2016
Hazardous Materials Technical Report - March 2016
Historical Studies Survey Report - March 2016 - Draft
Alternative Development and Screening Technical Report - February 2016
Biological Resources Technical Report – November 2015
Wetlands Technical Report - November 2015
Water Resources Technical Report - November 2015
Public Meeting Summary – October 21, 2015


TxDOT Rail Programs
125 E. 11th St.
Austin, TX 78701

(512) 486-5137