US 290/SH 36 interchange
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US 290/SH 36 interchange

Notice of availability of draft environmental assessment and in-person public hearing

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Public comment deadline Comments must be received on or before Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, to be a part of the official hearing record.
Hearing details Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Brenham Elementary School 1000 W Blue Bell Road Brenham, TX 77833
Purpose

This notice advises the public that a draft environmental assessment (EA) is available for public review and TxDOT will be conducting a public hearing on the proposed project.

Attendees will be able to review project displays and ask questions of TxDOT staff in an open house format prior to a formal hearing presentation starting at 5:30 p.m. The purpose of the hearing is to present the proposed project and receive public comment.

Description

The project limits extend from FM 389 (Prairie Lea Street) to CR 49 (Windy Acres Road) for a length of approximately 3.25 miles. The proposed project would construct a new interchange at the intersection of US 290 and SH 36 that provides continuous traffic flow via two lanes in each direction along US 290 with direct connectivity to SH 36. The existing two-way frontage roads would be converted to one-way frontage roads, and access to local roads from US 290 would be provided by upgraded entrance and exit ramps. The existing clover leaf ramps will be removed. Proposed improvements also include reconstruction of the Old Mill Creek and BUS 290 (Main Street) bridges, as well as construction of a shared use path for pedestrians and bicyclists along the project corridor.

The proposed project would, subject to final design considerations, require approximately 75 acres of right-of-way and potentially displace eleven residences and twenty non-residential structures. Relocation assistance is available for displaced persons and businesses. Information about the TxDOT Relocation Assistance Program and services and benefits for those displaced and other affected property owners, as well as information about the tentative schedule for right-of-way acquisition, can be obtained by contacting the TxDOT Right-of-Way Project Manager at 979-218-2870.

The proposed project is anticipated to impact the following two properties protected under Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966: the 1957 Bowlerama, and the 1958 Old Mill Creek Road Bridge.

The proposed project would acquire approximately 0.12 acres from the 1957 Bowlerama, located at 2905 Highway 290 West. TxDOT anticipates making a de minimis determination for this use under Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966. The Old Mill Creek Bridge was addressed through the Section 4(f) Programmatic Evaluation of Historic Bridge Projects. Public comment on the effects of the proposed project on the activities, features, or attributes of the Bowlerama property and Old Mill Creek Bridge may be submitted as described below.

The proposed project would involve construction in wetlands and would involve an action in a floodplain.

Accessibility The public hearing will be conducted in English. If you need an interpreter or document translator because English is not your primary language or have difficulty communicating 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 are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend and participate in the public hearing, please contact the TxDOT Bryan District Public Information Officer at 979-778-9764 no later than 4 p.m. CT, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. Please be aware that advance notice is required as some services and accommodations may require time for TxDOT to arrange.
Hearing materials
How to make a comment

Comments from the public regarding the proposed project are requested and may be submitted by any of the methods listed below.

  • Email
  • Mail:
    TxDOT Bryan District Office
    Attn: US 290/SH 36 Interchange
    2591 North Earl Rudder Freeway
    Bryan, TX 77803

All comments must be received or postmarked by Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, to be included in the official record.

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

Posted: Dec. 18, 2023