Reliever Route Study
US 82 is a major thoroughfare for motorists and trucks in Gainesville, Texas. As population and commercial activity continue to grow in the area, it has become necessary to move forward with the planning and design of a reliever route that can more adequately meet the capacity and safety needs of the corridor. The US 82 Reliever Route Study is currently underway to identify a recommended alignment that can be carried forward into future phases of project development. The study area is generally bound by I-35 to the west and FM 678 to the east.
The goal of the study is to conduct the necessary technical analysis to identify a recommended corridor or route that can be carried forward into future phases of project development. The study builds upon previous feasibility studies for US 82, with the most recent conducted in December 2012. The feasibility study was based on the steps outlined in the Transportation Planning Process as defined by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and consists of using data collection and comparative analysis to build consensus around a preferred long-term alternative. Three stakeholder meetings and one public meeting have been held so far to receive input, evaluate alternatives and determine a locally preferred alternative.
The current study will include the following elements:
TxDOT is working with CH2M to conduct the current study. As part of the study, TxDOT formed a stakeholder working group that is helping to guide the study. A public meeting was held Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. An online survey to seek further public input was live from Nov. 10 to Dec. 7, 2016. Responses were compiled and are available below. A second public meeting will be held May 16, 2017, to show the public how input is being used to refine alternatives. Funding is available for planning and study development only. Construction is not funded at this time.
2012 Feasibility Study
TxDOT Wichita Falls District
1601 Southwest Parkway
Wichita Falls, TX 76302