TxDOT is studying US 82 from US 287 west of Henrietta to east of SH 175 in Nocona. This approximately 30-mile, two-lane undivided section of US 82 is being evaluated for widening to a four-lane divided highway with possible new alignments.
- Population is expected to increase in the region
- Traffic is expected to increase along the corridor
- Safety and mobility improvements will be needed for traveling public
- US 82 is a priority corridor for interstate connectivity
To develop a Long Range Plan to address future traffic growth, including:
- Identifying options to expand from a two-lane undivided highway to a four-lane divided highway
- Developing a schematic layout and cost estimates to guide future planning decisions as funding becomes available
- Data collection: Preliminary environmental constraints mapping and aerial mapping
- Develop preliminary alternatives
- Gather input from stakeholders and the general public
- Incorporate input and identify a recommended alternative
- Develop a schematic design
Alternatives Under Consideration
- Rural four-lane divided highway: Widen existing corridor to the north or south and/or to avoid major impacts in Henrietta and Nocona, develop options to the north and south of those cities
- Reduced width urban five-lane options through developed areas: Develop reduced width options through Henrietta and Ringgold; consider expanding or using the existing roadway through Nocona (five-lane section with shoulders)
Funding under consideration in the March 2017 revision of the TxDOT Unified Transportation Program (UTP) – a document that spans the next 10 years and authorizes projects for construction, development and planning.
- Review and analyze input from public meetings
- Identify and refine preferred alternative
- Develop geometric schematic and cost estimate
- Identify potential funding sources
The environmental review, consultation and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by TxDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated Dec. 16, 2014, and executed by FHWA and TxDOT.
Shaun Barnes, P.E.
TxDOT Transportation Engineer