FM 1375 from FM 149 to Walker County Line
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FM 1375 from FM 149 to Walker County Line

Virtual public hearing with in-person open house

Virtual public hearing: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, by 5 p.m.

In-person open house: Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, from 5 to 7 p.m., CT

Public comment deadline All comments must be received or postmarked by Friday, March 15, 2024.
Virtual details

The virtual public hearing will be available starting on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, by 5 p.m. on this webpage. The virtual public hearing will consist of a pre-recorded video presentation and will include both audio and visual components. 

Please note that the presentation will not be available on the website until the date and time listed above. If you do not have internet access, you may call the NEPA public engagement coordinator at 713-802-5199 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, to ask questions and access project materials during the project development process.

Open house details

Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024
5 to 7 p.m.
Lone Star Community Center
2500 Lone Star Parkway
Montgomery, TX 77356

In-person attendees will be able to view the same pre-recorded presentation as posted online, review hard copies of project materials, ask questions, and submit written comments. 

Purpose The TxDOT Houston District is proposing improvements along Farm-to-Market (FM) 1375 from FM 149 to the Walker County line in Montgomery County, Texas.
Description

The proposed project would widen the existing travel lanes from 10-foot-wide to 12-foot-wide, add five-foot-wide outside shoulders, and include one bridge replacement over Caney Creek and one bridge-class culvert replacement over Green Branch, along FM 1375 for approximately six miles. There would be no right of way acquisition or displacements required for the proposed improvements. The proposed project is located within the Sam Houston National Forest (SHNF). The SHNF is located 50 miles north of Houston and contains 163,037 acres of land between Huntsville, Conroe, Cleveland, and Richards, Texas, that is used for activities such as hiking, horse riding, camping, bicycling, and picnicking.

The proposed project would require the removal of approximately 5.4 acres of trees along FM 1375 within the Special Use Permit Right-of-Way (ROW) granted to TxDOT by the SHNF. The SHNF is protected under Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 as a recreational area managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The project team anticipates making a de minimis determination for this use under Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966. In accordance with Chapter 26 of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code, this hearing is required to allow the public the opportunity to provide comments on the project’s potential impacts.

The proposed project would involve construction in wetlands and actions in floodplains.

Any environmental documentation or studies, maps and drawings showing the project location and design, tentative construction schedules, and other information regarding the proposed project are on file and available for review by appointment Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the TxDOT Houston District Office, 7600 Washington Avenue, Houston, Texas 77007 or at the TxDOT Montgomery Area Office, 901 N. FM 3083, East Conroe, TX 77303. Project materials are also available online on this webpage.

Accessibility

The public hearing will be conducted in English and Spanish. If you need an interpreter or document translator because English or Spanish is not your primary language or you have difficulty communicating effectively in English or Spanish, one will be provided to you, free of charge. 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 public hearing, please contact the NEPA public engagement coordinator at 713-802-5199 or by email as shown in the notice, no later than 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024. Please be aware that advance notice is required as some services and accommodations may require time for the project team to arrange.

Please call 713-802-5199 to request special accommodations or if you have need for interpretation/translation.

Mandarin: Mandarin (traditional Chinese): 如出席和参与会议需要特殊照顧或需要口譯/筆譯, 請撥打  713-802-5199

Mandarin (simplified Chinese): 如出席和参与会议需要特殊照顾或需要口译/翻译,请拨打 713-802-5199

Swahili: Tafadhali piga simu namba 713-802-5199  ili kuomba malazi maalum au ikiwa unahitaji ukalimani au tafsiri

Vietnamese: Xin hãy gọi 713-802-5199 nếu bạn cần sự hỗ trợ đặc biệt hoặc người phiên dịch. 

Creole: Tanpri rele 713-802-5199 pou mande aranjman espesyal oubyen si ou bezwen entèprèt oubyen tradiktè.

Hearing materials
How to make a comment

Comments from the public regarding the proposed project are requested and may be submitted in any language to the TxDOT Houston District Office.

  • Mail:
    TxDOT Houston District Office
    Attn: advanced project development director
    P.O. Box 1386
    Houston, TX 77251-1386
  • Email: HOU-PIOwebmail@txdot.gov
  • Verbal testimony: call 713-913-0873 from 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2024

All comments must be received or postmarked by Friday, March 15, 2024. Responses to comments received will be available online at the web address listed above once completed.

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: Jan. 26, 2024