The TxDOT Bryan District is re-evaluating plans 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 (ROW).  

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 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 four-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 north of the FM 39 crossing. 

A relief Route Concept was presented at the April 11, 2019, US 79 Open House Public Meeting. Based on public comments received, TxDOT began to develop a US 79 Relief Route Alternative Study. The Relief Route Alternative Study Area extends around the north side of the City of Jewett.

On Thursday, March 26, 2020, Bryan District TxDOT will hold an Open House Public Meeting to present the proposed preliminary Relief Route and Through Town Alternatives.

The Relief Route Alternative would provide two 12-foot wide travel lanes in each direction separated by a grassy median. The travel lanes would be bounded by four-foot wide inside and 10-foot wide outside shoulders with a grade separations at US 79, FM 39, and FM 1512. It would require approximately 423 acres of right of way. Additionally, through Jewett this alternative would provide one 12-foot wide travel lane in each direction with a continuous 16-foot two way left turn lane. It would include curb and gutter with a shared use path on each side, all within the existing 100-foot ROW from FM 39 to north of Cottonwood St.

The Through Town Alternative would provide two 12-foot wide travel lanes in each direction with a continuous 16-foot two way left turn lane. It would include curb and gutter with a shared use path on one side and sidewalk on the other. The Through Town Alternative section in Jewett would be mostly within the existing 100-foot ROW. Outside of Jewett, the Through Town Alternative would provide two 12-foot travel lanes in each direction separated by a grass median. The travel lanes would be bounded by four-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 would be replaced and the existing entrance and exit ramps would be removed and replaced with a single connection at the FM 39 crossing. It would require approximately 220 acres of right of way.

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