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US 281 Blanco County Project

Virtual public meeting with in-person option

Virtual: Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 at 5 p.m. CT

In-person: Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. CT

Public Comment Deadline

Comments received or postmarked by Oct. 14, 2022, will be included in the official public meeting record.

Virtual details

The pre-recorded presentation will be posted on this page on the date and time listed.

In-person details

Blanco High School
1215 4th Street
Blanco, TX 78606

TxDOT is providing an in-person public meeting option for individuals who would like to participate in person instead of online. In-person attendees will be able to view the same presentation delivered in the online public meeting, review hard copies of project materials, ask questions of TxDOT staff and/or consultants, and leave written comments. Attendees may come and go at their convenience; there will be no formal presentation.

Purpose TxDOT is holding a virtual public meeting with an in-person option to discuss improvements to US 281 from US 290 to the Comal County line in Blanco County, TX. The purpose of the public meeting is to receive public comment on the proposed improvements on the US 281 Blanco County Project.
Description

TxDOT is developing preliminary plans to improve 19 miles of US 281 from US 290 to the Comal County line in Blanco County, Texas, including the US 281/US 290 interchange. This study excludes any improvements to the existing four-lane segment of US 281 through the city of Blanco and excludes the study of a relief route around the city of Blanco, which is being studied as part of a separate project. The purpose of the proposed project is to enhance safety, improve connectivity and improve mobility by providing additional roadway capacity to meet current and future traffic demands due to population growth and increased traffic volumes. Throughout the project limits, the existing roadway is two-lanes with Super-2 passing lanes. Current study limits contain the last section of two-lane US 281 roadway within the Austin District. The preliminary plans would expand the roadway to a four-lane divided highway similar to the adjacent section of US 281 to the south. This is consistent with TxDOT’s statewide plan to upgrade rural highways to four-lane divided roadways as part of the Texas Trunk System and consistent with the recommendations from a previously conducted statewide US 281 feasibility study.

Proposed Improvements:

  • Widening the roadway to create a four-lane divided roadway within a typical right of way (ROW) of 450 ft. The four-lane roadway would include two lanes in each direction and shoulders.
  • Separating travel lanes by adding a grassy median to preserve flexibility in the corridor to accommodate transportation improvements in the future.
  • Adding median crossovers with acceleration and deceleration lanes at regular intervals.
  • Adding right-turn lanes at various intersections.
  • Designing roadway transitions North and South of the city of Blanco to tie into existing four-lane sections.
  • Upgrading the US 281/US 290 interchange.
Accessibility The virtual and in-person public meeting will be conducted in English. If you need an interpreter or document translator because English is not your primary language or have difficulty communicating effectively in English, one will be provided to you. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. If you need interpretation or translation services or you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend and participate in the virtual public meeting­­­­­, please contact Mitzi Ellison at 512-761-2711 no later than 4 p.m. CT, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Please be aware that advance notice is required as some services and accommodations may require time for TxDOT to arrange.

Meeting Materials 

How to make a comment
For both the virtual public meeting and in-person option, the public may provide comments in the following ways:

Verbal Comments
Leave a recorded voicemail at 830-554-9114 with your verbal testimony starting on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. Access to the voicemail is available 24 hours a day through Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Verbal comments are limited to three minutes.

Written Comments
Written comments can be submitted the following ways until Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Website: Online Comment Form

Mail:
Downloadable Comment Form *print double-sided
Downloadable Comment Form (Español) *imprimir en ambos lados
Nancy Ledbetter & Associates, Inc.
Attn: US 281 Blanco
P.O. Box 14622
Austin, TX 78761

Email: US281Blanco@gmail.com
Memorandum of understanding
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, reauthorized by a subsequent MOU on Dec. 9, 2019, and executed by FHWA and TxDOT.

 

Posted: Sept. 2, 2022