Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge Expansion Project
Notice affording an opportunity for a public hearing and draft environmental assessment available
|Purpose||The purpose of this notice is to advise the public that a draft environmental assessment (EA) is available for public review and that the City of Pharr is affording an opportunity for a public hearing on the proposed project Phar-Reynosa International Bridge Expansion from the international boundary with Mexico (Rio Grande River) and the Pharr Port of Entry (POE) in Hidalgo County, Texas. All hearing requests and comments must be received on or before Friday, Aug. 25, 2023.|
The City of Pharr, in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), proposes to construct an approximately 1.35-mile-long twin bridge west of and adjacent to the existing Pharr International Bridge (PRIB). The project is located between the international boundary with Mexico (Rio Grande River) and the existing Pharr POE. The proposed project would add a second adjacent ‘twin’ structure, which would consist of a 1.35-mile-long structure upriver (west) of the existing PRIB, built primarily within City of Pharr-owned right-of-way. Construction would include four 12-foot travel lanes with a six-foot sidewalk on the west side with features that would include two crossovers, additional lighting and electronic signage that would facilitate the flow of traffic, reduce wait times and enhance safety.
The proposed project will be constructed generally within the existing 140-foot right-of-way (ROW). However, approximately 0.06 acres of additional ROW will be required, at select locations. Although additional minor amounts of right of way would be required, no residential or non-residential structures are anticipated to be displaced at this time.
The draft EA, maps and drawings showing the project location and (preliminary) design, tentative construction schedules, and other information regarding the proposed project are on file and available for inspection Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at The City of Pharr, 118 S. Cage Blvd, Pharr, Texas 78577. Project materials are also available online at https://pharr-tx.gov (scroll down to PUBLIC NOTICE / AVISO PÚBLICO) and on this webpage.
|How to request a hearing||
Any interested person may submit a written request for a public hearing on this project. Written comments from the public regarding the proposed project are also requested. Written hearing requests and comments may be submitted by email as shown in the notice by mail to:
Raba Kistner, Inc.
All hearing requests and comments must be received on or before Friday, Aug. 25, 2023.
A hearing will be held if 10 or more individuals submit timely written requests for a hearing, or if an agency with jurisdiction over the project submits a timely written request for a hearing that is supported by reasons why a hearing will be helpful. Additionally, any comments on the draft EA can be submitted to the address included above. If you have general questions or concerns regarding the proposed project please contact the Assistant Director of Engineering, City of Pharr, at 956-402-4221 or by email, as shown in the notice.
|Accessibility||The project materials are written 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 you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to review the project materials or submit information, please contact the Assistant Director of Engineering for the City of Pharr, at 956-402-4221 no later than 4 p.m. CT, on Aug. 11, 2023. Please be aware that advance notice is required as some services and accommodations may require time for the City of Pharr to arrange.|
|Lead agency||The lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act for the proposed project is the Federal Highway Administration.|
Posted: July 21, 2023