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US 59 Shepherd to Trinity River

Virtual public meeting with in-person option

Virtual: Thursday, April 27, 2023 by noon CT

In-person: Thursday, April 27, 2023 from 5 - 7 p.m.

Virtual public meeting presentations

Public comment deadline Comments must be received or postmarked by Friday, May 12, 2023, to be included in the official public meeting record.
Virtual details The virtual meeting presentation and meeting materials will be posted on this page at the date and time shown above.
In-person details Thursday, April 27, 2023
Shepherd High School
1 Pirate Lane
Shepherd, TX 77371
TxDOT is conducting a virtual public meeting with in-person option. In-person attendees will be able to view the same materials shared in the virtual public meeting, review hard copies of project materials, ask questions of TxDOT staff and/or consultants and leave written comments.

TxDOT is proposing improvements to US 59 that would upgrade the highway to interstate standards. This would include constructing frontage roads and reconstructing US 59 mainlanes from approximately 0.2 miles north of Farm-to-Market (FM) 223 (Church Street) to north of the Trinity River in San Jacinto and Polk counties, Texas. Proposed improvements would also include construction of new Trinity River bridges with turnarounds (U-turn) and an overpass at FM 1127. The proposed project runs approximately six miles and extends from Shepherd, Texas in San Jacinto County to north of the Trinity River in Polk County. The proposed project is anticipated to enhance safety, improve mobility, provide a more efficient hurricane evacuation route and provide system connectivity to I-69.

The proposed project includes the following:

  • Reconstruction of US 59 mainlanes
  • Construction of two-lane northbound and southbound frontage roads
  • Construction of new bridges over the Trinity River with turnarounds (U-turns)
  • Construction of an overpass with U-turns at FM 1127
Accessibility The virtual public meeting will be conducted in English and Spanish. 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 you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend and participate in the virtual public meeting, please call 936-633-4395 no later than 4 p.m. CT, Monday, April 24, 2023. Please be aware that advance notice is required as some services and accommodations may require time for TxDOT to arrange.
Meeting materials
How to make a comment

For the virtual public meeting with in-person option, the public may provide comments in the following ways listed below.

  • Online: Add your comment online
  • Mail: TxDOT Lufkin District
  • Attn: US 59 Shepherd to Trinity River Project Manager
    1805 N. Timberland Drive
    Lufkin, TX 75901
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: March 28, 2023