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The TxDOT Beaumont District is proposing to improve US 96 from Recreational Road (RE) 255 to Loop 149 in Jasper and Sabine Counties, Texas. The project is intended to improve a critical hurricane evacuation route, improve safety by accommodating projected traffic and freight growth, and improve access to and from the ports in Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange.

Proposed Improvements

The approximately 6.7-mile proposed project would:

  • Convert the existing roadway to a four-lane rural divided (median-separated) highway
  • Tie into a similar roadway configuration south of RE 255
  • Improve a critical hurricane evacuation route and freight growth
  • Improve access to and from the ports in Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange, Texas

The proposed improvements will require additional right of way (ROW) and potentially displace residences and non-residential structures, although the exact amount would depend upon the selected alternative. The typical existing ROW width is approximately 120 feet, and the proposed project would require a width between approximately 220 feet and 300 feet.

Next Steps

  • Consider public comments
  • Conduct environmental review
  • Finalize design and construction plans
  • Start construction  


Contact Us

Reference the following project number: 0064-07-044
TxDOT Beaumont District Office
8350 Eastex Freeway
Beaumont, Texas 77708-1701
(409) 892-7311