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SH 144 Glen Rose

Virtual public meeting with in-person option

Virtual: from Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at 10 a.m. to Friday, July 12, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

In-person: Tuesday, June 25, 2024, from 5- 7 p.m.

Public comment deadline All comments must be received on or before Friday, July 12, 2024.
Virtual details The virtual public meeting pre-recorded video presentation will be accessible on this web page beginning at Tuesday, June 25, 2024, 2024 at 10 a.m., and will remain online through Friday, July 12, 2024.
In-person details

Tuesday, June 25, 2024
5 - 7 p.m.
Somervell County Expo Center Exhibit Hall
202 Bo Gibbs Boulevard
Glen Rose, TX 76043.   

The in-person option will follow an “open house” format and in-person attendees will be able to view the same presentation delivered in the online public meeting which will be playing on a screen, review hard copies of project materials, ask questions and leave written comments.

Purpose TxDOT is proposing to realign SH 144 from south of FM 56 to US 67 and construct a new bridge across the Paluxy River in Somervell County, Texas.
Description

The proposed SH 144 realignment project is approximately 2.7-miles consisting of mostly new location roadway including a new bridge across the Paluxy River near Glen Rose, Somervell County, Texas. The main goal of the project is to improve access and mobility, reduce congestion of SH 144 and provide an alternate evacuation route by constructing a new bridge across the Paluxy River. A feasibility study was conducted in June 2020 to identify feasible alternatives and determine the viability of a second bridge crossing over the Paluxy River.   

From existing SH 144 to the proposed new FM 56 bridge

  • Interim – One 12-foot-wide lane in each direction with curb and gutter (curb offset varying between 2-foot to 5-foot-wide), raised median in the middle, a 10-foot-wide shared-use-path, an 8- foot-wide sidewalk, and occasional 12-foot-wide turn lanes.
  • Ultimate – Two 12-foot-wide lanes in each direction with curb and gutter (curb offset varying between 2-foot to 5-foot wide), a 16-foot-wide two-way-left-turn-lane in the middle, a 10-foot-wide shared-use-path, and an 8-foot-wide sidewalk.

New bridge across existing FM 56

  • Interim – One 12-foot-wide lane in each direction with 16-foot-wide inside shoulder, 10-foot-wide outside shoulder and a concrete traffic barrier separating the two directions of traffic. Two ramps, one in each direction with one 14-foot-wide lane, 4-foot-wide inside shoulder, 8-foot-wide outside shoulder, a 10-foot-wide shared-use-path and an 8-foot-wide sidewalk.
  • Ultimate – Two 12-foot-wide lanes in each direction with 4-foot-wide inside shoulder, 10-foot-wide outside shoulder and a concrete traffic barrier separating the two directions of traffic. Two ramps, one in each direction with one 14-foot-wide lane, 4-foot-wide inside shoulder, 8-foot-wide outside shoulder, a 10-foot-wide shared-use-path and an 8-foot-wide sidewalk.

From proposed new FM 56 Bridge to the proposed new Paluxy River bridge

  • • Interim – One 12-foot-wide lane in each direction with 4-foot-wide inside shoulder, 10-foot-wide outside shoulder, depressed median in the middle, a 10-foot-wide shared-use-path and an 8-foot-wide sidewalk.
  • Ultimate – Two 12-foot-wide lanes in each direction with 4-foot-wide inside shoulder (occasional varying width shoulder 4-foot to 8-foot wide), 10-foot-wide outside shoulder, a concrete traffic barrier separating the two directions of traffic, a 10-foot-wide shared-use-path, and an 8-foot-wide sidewalk.

New bridge across the Paluxy River

  • Interim – Two-lane divided roadway with one 12-foot-wide lane in each direction, sidewalks on each side and direct connector ramps to FM 56. Left turn lanes would be included as warranted.
  • Ultimate – Four-lane divided roadway with two 12-foot-wide lanes in each direction. Additional center turn lanes as warranted.

From the new Paluxy River bridge to US 67

  • Interim & Ultimate – Two 12-foot-wide lanes in each direction with curb and gutter (curb offset 2-foot-wide), a 16-foot-wide two-way-left-turn-lane in the middle, a 10-foot-wide shared-use-path and an 8-foot-wide sidewalk having 12-foot-wide turn lanes at the intersection of US 67.

Intersection improvements are proposed at Existing SH 144 and CR 312. The proposed project right of way would include a grassy median (12-foot to 36-foot wide) that would accommodate the future construction of the ultimate roadway. The proposed right of way width varies between 108-foot to 571-foot-wide. The total proposed right of way acreage is estimated at 76 acres. 

The proposed project would, subject to final design considerations, require additional right of way and potential displacement of four (4) residential or commercial structures. 

The proposed project has the potential to impact the following properties protected under Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966: Possible historic structure on Van Zandt Rd close to the intersection with CR 312; and the picnic and open area at the intersection of Van Zandt Rd and CR 312. 

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

Accessibility

The virtual public meeting and in-person option will be conducted in English. If you need an interpreter or document translator because English is not your primary language or you 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 are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend and participate in the virtual public meeting or in-person option, please contact Emmanuel Navarro, P.E., Project Manager, (817) 370-3513 or at Emmanuel.Navarro@txdot.gov no later than 4 p.m. CT, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Please be aware that advance notice is required as some services and accommodations may require time for the Texas Department of Transportation to arrange. 

How to make a comment

Written comments may be submitted by the following methods:

  • Mail: TxDOT Fort Worth District Office, ATTN: Emmanuel Navarro, P.E., 2501 Southwest Loop 820 Fort Worth, TX 76133
  • Email: as listed in the notice

Comments must be received or postmarked by Friday, July 12, 2024, to be included in the official record of the public meeting.

Meeting materials
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 the Federal Highway Administration and TxDOT.