The Bryan District of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is re-evaluating alternatives to widen US 79 from west of IH 45 to west of FM 1512 in Leon County, Texas. The proposed project would increase capacity from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane roadway. Through additional travel lanes and separation of opposing traffic directions with a median, the project is expected to improve safety and mobility. The proposed widening would require the acquisition of right of way.
US 79 is an undivided rural roadway with a 12-foot travel lane in each direction bounded by 10-foot paved shoulders and open ditches. The existing right of way (ROW) of US 79 is 100 feet wide. US 79 has entrance and exit ramps for the FM 39 intersection on the southwest side of Jewett. In Jewett, US 79 consist of two 12-foot travel lanes with 10-foot outside shoulders and a 14-foot center turn lane. The project is approximately 10 miles long.
The majority of the proposed project would provide two 12-foot travel lanes in each direction separated by a grass median. The travel lanes would be bounded by 4-foot inside and 10-foot outside shoulders. The proposed ROW on rural US 79 would be between 200-315 feet wide. There would be grade separations at railroads, including the NUCOR entrance. Entrance and exit ramps would provide access to NUCOR.
The FM 39 bridge over US 79 also would be replaced and the existing entrance and exit ramps would be removed and replaced with a single connection just northeast of the FM 39 crossing. In Jewett, the proposed project would provide two 12-foot travel lanes in each direction separated by a 16-foot two-way center turn lane. It would include curb and gutter with a shared use path on one side and sidewalk on the other. The proposed section would be within the existing 100-foot ROW. A Jewett Relief Route Concept would be presented for consideration.
The proposed project would require the acquisition of ROW and the amount is being determined.
TxDOT Bryan District
Director of Transportation Planning and Development
2591 N. Earl Rudder Freeway
Bryan, TX 77803-5190