SH 99 from I-45 to North of FM 2403, SH 35 from North Gordon Street to Steele Road
Virtual public meeting with in-person options
Virtual: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, by 5 p.m.
In-person: Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023, from 5 to 7 p.m.
|Public comment deadline||All comments must be received or postmarked by Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023.|
The virtual public meeting will be available starting on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, by 5 p.m. on this webpage. The virtual public meeting 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 time and date listed above. If you do not have internet access, you may call 713-802-5254 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to ask questions and access project materials during the project development process. Formal comments may be provided by mail or email as explained below.
TxDOT is providing an in-person open house option for individuals who would like to participate in person, instead of online. 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. In-person meetings will be held at two locations, but the information shared at each will be the same.
Open house #1
Open house #2
|Purpose||The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Houston District, is proposing design changes to the approved alignment of SH 99 from SH 288 to I-45 in Brazoria and Galveston Counties, Texas. Since the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and the Record of Decision (ROD) in 2016, design changes have occurred between I-45 and FM 2403 that would require a Re-evaluation. In addition, TxDOT is providing the public an opportunity to discuss and comment on the improvements along SH 35 from North Gordon Street to Steele Road in Brazoria County, Texas.|
Since the approval of SH 99 Segment B FEIS and ROD in 2016, the design has progressed, and land use has changed along the corridor which triggered changes in the design shown in the ROD. A summary of the design changes include: two diamond interchanges and four overpasses would be added between I-45 and SH 35 on the new location portion of the project, a shift of the FEIS alignment to the north along a Draft EIS alignment between Hobbs Road and Calder Road to avoid homes built on FEIS alignment, update the direct connectors and main lane connections at SH 35, design modifications at the BNSF RR and the inclusion of approximately 43 stormwater detention ponds along the Grand Parkway Segment B1 project limits. The total project length covered under this re-evaluation is 13.8 miles, which also includes approximately 169 acres of newly proposed right-of-way to accommodate the design changes. Since the approval of the FEIS and ROD in 2016, one new commercial property (Take 5 Oil Change) was built within the alignment of Grand Parkway and therefore may be displaced. This is the only potential displacement. There are no potential residential and/or commercial displacements anticipated as a result of the design changes.
Roadway improvements along SH 35 are also proposed and would be constructed within the same schedule as SH 99 Segment B-1. Pairing the projects together would reduce contractor conflicts, decrease impacts to the traveling public, avoid future design changes, and would expedite construction. Therefore, TxDOT is giving the public an opportunity to discuss and comment on the improvements along SH 35 from North Gordon Street to Steele Road in Brazoria County, Texas. This project proposes the installation of elevated SH 35 main lanes within the existing grassy median of the facility and the intersection improvements at FM 528 and Wheeler Rd. The project would also reconstruct the existing SH 35 lanes to serve as frontage roads. The length of the project is approximately 1.33 miles. The proposed roadway improvements would require approximately 1.69 acres of right-of-way (ROW). Although the proposed SH 35 project would require additional right-of-way, no displacements are anticipated to occur.
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 ROW acquisition, may be obtained from Mark Naser by calling 713-802-5606.
The proposed projects would involve construction in wetlands.
The proposed projects would involve an action in a floodplain.
Any environmental documentation or studies, maps and drawings showing the project location and design, tentative construction schedules, and other information regarding the SH 99 project and the proposed SH 35 project are on file and available for review Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the TxDOT Houston District Office, 7600 Washington Avenue, Houston, Texas 77007. Project materials are also available online on this webpage. These materials will also be available in hard copy form for review at the in-person option.
The public meeting 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 meeting, please contact NEPA Public Engagement Coordinator at 713-802-5199 or by email as shown in the meeting notice no later than 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023. 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.
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|How to make a comment||
Written comments from the public regarding the proposed SH 99 project changes and the proposed SH 35 project are requested and may be submitted in any language by:
|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: Sept. 21, 2023