US 281 Hamilton Truck/ Relief Route Feasibility Study and Widening Project
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US 281 Hamilton Truck/ Relief Route Feasibility Study and Widening Project

Virtual public meeting with in-person option

In-person: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, 6 - 8 p.m. CT

Virtual: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, by 6 p.m. CT

Public comment deadline All comments must be received or postmarked by Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, to be part of the public meeting summary.
In-person details

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023
6 p.m. to 8 p.m
Hamilton Junior HS Cafeteria
400 S. College Street
Hamilton, TX 76531

The in-person meeting will be an open house format where the public may come and go at their convenience. Staff will be available to answer questions and accept comments.

Virtual details The virtual meeting can be viewed Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, starting by 6 p.m. Materials will be posted to this webpage. Website materials will consist of a pre-recorded video presentation that includes both audio and video components, and other meeting exhibits. The virtual public meeting is not a live event and the materials can be viewed at your convenience.  If you do not have internet access, you may call 254-867-2700 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, to ask questions and access project materials. 
Purpose TxDOT is conducting a feasibility study to evaluate alternative alignments for a new location facility (truck/relief route) around the city of Hamilton in Hamilton County, Texas. TxDOT is also proposing to widen US 281 from US 84 (Evant, TX) to SH 6 (Hico, TX) in Hamilton County.  This notice advises the public that TxDOT will be conducting an in-person and online virtual public meeting addressing the widening project and the study.

The US 281 Hamilton Truck/ Relief Route Feasibility Study and Widening Project is evaluating Alternative Alignment concepts for a new location truck / relief route located around the City of Hamilton to alleviate US 281 traffic congestion in downtown Hamilton.  The Widening Project would evaluate potential future capacity improvements to the US 281 corridor.  The project would be approximately 37 miles long from Evant, TX to Hico, TX.  The widening concepts being explored would widen US 281 to a four-lane divided roadway.  New alignment and widening options would require additional right of way to accommodate the potential US 281 improvements and traffic congestion alleviation being explored by the project and the study.  Further environmental studies would be needed to determine environmental impacts.

Any maps and drawings presenting the project and study location and alternatives, along with other information regarding the project and study are on file and available for inspection Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at TxDOT Waco District Office, 100 S. Loop Drive, Waco, TX 76704. Project and study materials are also available online on this webpage.

Accessibility The in-person and virtual public meeting will be conducted 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 attend and participate in the virtual public meeting or in-person option, please contact the TxDOT Public Information Office at 254-867-2836 no later than 4 p.m. CT, Friday, Oct. 13, 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

Written comments from the public regarding the proposed project are requested and may be submitted by:

All comments must be received or postmarked by Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023. Responses to comments received will be available online on this webpage.

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. 18, 2023