US 281 Hamilton relief route feasibility study and widening project
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US 281 Hamilton relief route feasibility study and widening project

In-person public meeting with virtual option

Virtual: Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 6 p.m. through Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

In-person: Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 6 - 8 p.m.

Virtual public meeting video
Public comment deadline

All comments must be received on or before Thursday, May 18, 2023 to be included in the public meeting documentation.

Virtual details

The virtual meeting will be on this page from Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at 6 p.m., and will remain online through Thursday, May 18, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.

Additionally, TxDOT is providing an in-person meeting for individuals who would like to participate in person instead of online. In-person attendees will be able to review the same materials and presentation as the online public meeting.

In-person details Wednesday, May 3, 2023
6 - 8 p.m.
Hamilton Junior HS Cafeteria
400 S. College St.
Hamilton, TX 76457

TxDOT is conducting a Feasibility Study to evaluate Alternative Alignments for a new location roadway (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.


The feasibility study is evaluating Alternative Alignment concepts for a new location 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 with bicyclist and pedestrian accommodations.  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.


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, April 27, 2023.  Please be aware that advance notice is required as some services and accommodations may require time for TxDOT to arrange.

Meeting materials Schematics
How to make a comment

Comments must be postmarked or otherwise received by Thursday, May 18, 2023 to US 281 Study Team, c/o Civil Associates, Inc. 9330 LBJ Frwy, Suite 1150; by email

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 Dec. 9, 2019, and executed by the Federal Highway Administration and TxDOT.