SH 249 from BW 8 N to I-45 N
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SH 249 from BW 8 N to I-45 N

Notice of Draft Environmental Assessment and virtual public hearing with in-person option

Virtual: Tuesday, Aug., 23, 2022, at 5 p.m. CT

In-person: Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. CT


Public comment deadline Comments must be received on or before Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, to be a part of the official meeting record.
Virtual details The pre-recorded presentation (in English and Spanish) will be posted on this page on Tuesday, Aug, 23, 2022, at 5 p.m.
In-person details Additionally, TxDOT is providing an in-person option for individuals who would like to participate in person instead of online. In-person attendees will be able to view the same presentation and materials delivered in the online public hearing, which will be playing on a screen, review hard copies of project materials, ask questions of TxDOT staff, and leave written comments. The in-person option will be held on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the White Oak Conference Center, 7603 Antoine Drive, Building A, Houston, TX 77088.
Purpose The purpose of the public hearing is to present the proposed project to the public and receive comments. The project is proposing improvements along SH 249 from BW 8 N to I-45 N in Harris County, Texas. The virtual and in-person hearing will consist of the same narrated presentation by the project team, project exhibits and other information, and an opportunity to comment.

The proposed project will reconstruct and widen SH 249 from BW 8 N to I-45 N from a six-lane roadway to an eight-lane divided roadway, for a total distance of 7.2 miles. The roadway improvements would construct four lanes in each direction with six to 30-foot-wide raised medians to separate traffic. Ten-foot-wide sidepaths would be constructed on both sides of the roadway on the edge of the right-of-way. Bus turnouts are no longer included in the current design based on a request from METRO. Three stormwater detention facilities would also be added along the project corridor. The proposed ROW width of the facility would be approximately 162- to 180-feet. The project study limits are approximately 7.2 miles long; the construction limits for the project are approximately 6.8 miles.

The proposed project would, subject to final design considerations, require additional ROW and potentially displace nine residences and 14 commercial structures. Relocation assistance is available for displaced persons and businesses. Information about TxDOT’s Relocation Assistance Program, services, and benefits for those displaced and other affected property owners, as well as information about the tentative schedule for ROW acquisition and construction can be obtained from the TxDOT District Office by calling 713-802-5291.

The proposed project would include construction in a non-jurisdictional wetland. The project would involve an action in a floodplain; however, the project would not involve a significant encroachment in the floodplain. It was determined that no potentially jurisdictional waters of the United States, including wetlands or special aquatic sites, would be impacted by the proposed project.

CSJ Reference the following project numbers: 0720-03-131
Accessibility TxDOT makes every reasonable effort to accommodate the needs of the public. The virtual public hearing presentation will be in English and Spanish. If you have a special communication accommodation or need for an interpreter, a request can be made. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can also be made to accommodate most needs. Please call TxDOT’s Project Manager at 713-802-5262 no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, to request special accommodations. Please be aware that advance notice is requested as some accommodations may require time for TxDOT to arrange.
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 Dec. 9, 2019, and executed by FHWA and TxDOT.

Posted: July 20, 2022