US 69 Lumberton-Kountze relief route
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US 69 Lumberton-Kountze relief route

Virtual public meeting with in-person options

Virtual: Tuesday, May 2, 2023 by noon CT

In-Person: Tuesday, May 2, 2023, from 6 - 8 p.m. or Thursday, May 4, 2023, from 6 - 8 p.m. CT

Public comment deadline Comments must be received or postmarked by Friday, May 19, 2023, to be included in the official record of the public meeting.
Virtual details The virtual public meeting presentation and meeting materials are posted on this page.
In-person details

Lumberton public meeting
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
6-8 p.m.
Lumberton Performing Arts Center
105 South LHS Drive
Lumberton, TX 77657


Kountze public meeting
Thursday, May 4, 2023
6-8 p.m.
Kountze High School - Gymnasium
1488 FM 1293
Kountze, TX 77625

Note: There will be no live presentation; the meetings will be held as an open house and the public may come and go at their convenience.

Purpose During the in-person public meetings, the public will be able to review project materials, ask questions of TxDOT staff and/or consultants and leave written comments. Two separate in-person meetings are scheduled to take place beginning with one on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, from 6 - 8 p.m. The second in-person meeting will be scheduled on Thursday, May 4, 2023, from 6 - 8 p.m. Both in-person meetings will cover the same material. The virtual public meeting will provide the same materials as well, including providing a pre-recorded video presentation.

TxDOT's Beaumont District is proposing a US 69 relief route that stretches approximately 20.2 miles from Cooks Lake Road (south of Lumberton) to FM 1003 (north of Kountze) in Hardin County. US 69 is a north-south highway that runs from Port Arthur to Denison, Texas and is designated as a hurricane evacuation route.

The proposed project would include a new location roadway that would require 325 feet of right-of-way width. The ultimate roadway will include two 12-foot lanes in each direction, a northbound 13-foot outside shoulder to be used as a hurricane evacuation lane, and a southbound 10-foot outside shoulder. The project will also include a two-lane frontage road in each direction. Bicycle and pedestrian accommodations will be considered.

Additional information

Instructions for viewing presentation:

TxDOT has created basic instructions in an effort to help the public understand the basics of participating in a virtual public meeting. Before viewing the video presentation, click on the link below to read through the instructions.

To view in full screen, play the video and then click on the YouTube logo. You can watch in full screen on YouTube

Accessibility All interested community members are invited to attend the public meeting. The public meeting will be conducted in English. Persons interested in attending who have special communication or accommodation needs, or require an interpreter, are encouraged to contact the TxDOT Public Information Officer at 409-898-5745. Requests should be made at least three days before the event. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate these needs.
Meeting materials
How to make a comment

Comments must be received or postmarked on or before Friday, May 19, 2023, to be a part of the official meeting record. Please provide your comments in any of the following ways:

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. 9, 2019, and executed by FHWA and TxDOT.

Posted: April 10, 2023