Public Hearing - I-35
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Public Hearing - I-35

Where: Morgan’s Wonderland
Event Center / Conference Room
5223 David Edwards Drive
San Antonio, TX 78233
When: Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
Open House: 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Formal Presentation: 6 p.m.
Purpose: TxDOT invites you to a public hearing for proposed improvements to I-35 from the I-35/I-410 South interchange in San Antonio to FM 1103 in Schertz. Project staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information during the open house. A formal presentation and citizen comment period will begin at 6 p.m.

A virtual public hearing will also be available for those wishing to view the same presentation, displays and handouts provided at the public hearing and provide comments online. The online version will be available from Thursday, Feb. 26 – Monday, March 9, 2015. Hard copies of the maps, drawings, environmental reports and documents concerning the project will also be available for viewing at the TxDOT – San Antonio District Office; 4615 NW Loop 410; San Antonio, TX 78229 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

All interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing and to provide comments. Written and verbal comments from the public are requested and may be presented for a period of 10 calendar days following the hearing. Written comments may be submitted in person, through the online public hearing, or mailed to the following address:

I-35 Northeast San Antonio Expansion Project
130 E. Travis St., Ste. 200
San Antonio, TX 78205

Persons requiring special communication or accommodation needs should call (210) 615-5811 at least two working days prior to the hearings. Because it will be conducted in English, any request for language interpreters or other special communication needs should also be made at least two working days prior to the public hearing. TxDOT will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate these needs.
Description: The proposed Build Alternative would add four elevated managed lanes (two lanes in each direction) to the existing six to 10-lane road between I-410 South and FM 1103. Direct connectors at the I-35/I-410 South, I-35/I-410 West, and I-35/Loop 1604 interchanges and operational improvements are also proposed, as well as interim access to the proposed managed lanes facility between Loop 1604 and FM 1103.

South of FM 3009, the proposed elevated managed lanes would generally be constructed between the existing mainlanes and frontage roads; however, north of FM 3009, the managed lanes would cross over the I-35 general purpose mainlanes and drop down into the middle of the northbound and southbound general purpose mainlanes, going from elevated to at-grade and continuing down the middle of I-35 until they tie into the I-35 mainlanes and end just north of FM 1103.

The proposed project would require reconstruction of the bridges and intersections at FM 2252, Old Wiederstein Road, and FM 1103. North of FM 3009, the existing mainlanes would also need to be moved farther out to make room for the at-grade section of the managed lanes in the middle. This widening would require relocating the existing I-35 entrance and exit ramps in this area, but would also allow for reconfiguration of the interchange ramps to an X-pattern, which is consistent with the ramp reversal pattern already being implemented through separate projects south of FM 2252.

The proposed project would require approximately 26 acres of additional right of way (ROW). The typical existing ROW width ranges from approximately 300 to 400 feet throughout the proposed project corridor. The actual ROW footprint varies substantially, ranging from approximately 300 feet up to 1,100 feet near intersections and interchanges where additional space is needed to accommodate turn lanes and frontage roads that form interchange boundaries. The proposed project does not change the typical ROW widths.

Approximately 68 parcels would be associated with ROW acquisitions for the proposed project. A total of one residence, two businesses, portions of two parking facilities, two signs, 11 billboards and one sewage lift station are anticipated to be displaced by the proposed project.

Information about the TxDOT Relocation Assistance Program, benefits and services for displacements, as well as information about the tentative schedule for ROW acquisition and construction may be obtained from the TxDOT San Antonio District Office. Relocation assistance is available for any displaced persons and businesses.

The proposed project would require the development of approximately 46 acres of 100-year floodplain. It would not encroach on a wetland or sole-source aquifer recharge zone.

The purpose of the proposed project is to implement transportation alternatives that improve mobility in the I-35 corridor in a manner that will manage vehicle congestion, promote efficient use of existing transportation facilities, minimize impacts to the natural and built environment, and complement other modes of transportation and economic development initiatives in the region.

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. 16, 2014, and executed by FHWA and TxDOT.
Contact: TxDOT San Antonio District
Public Information Officer
3500 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 615-5839