Public Hearing - FM 457
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Public Hearing - FM 457

Where: V.F.W. Post 2412 Hall
20305 FM 457
Sargent, TX 77414
When: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015
Open House: 5:30 p.m.
Presentation and Hearing: 6:30 p.m.
Purpose: TxDOT invites you to a public hearing for the planned improvements for the FM 457 Swing Bridge over the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW). 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 6:30 p.m.

A virtual public hearing will be available for those wishing to provide comments online and view presentation slides, displays and handouts provided at the public hearing.

Hard copies of maps, drawings, environmental reports and documents concerning the project will be available for viewing Monday through Thursday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the TxDOT Matagorda County Maintenance Office located at:

500 Ave. F
Bay City, TX 77414

Hard copies will also be available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the TxDOT Yoakum District Office located at:

403 Huck St.
Yoakum, TX 77995

Interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing and provide comments. Written and verbal comments from the public are requested and may be presented on or before Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Written comments may be submitted in person, through the online public hearing Web page, faxed to (361) 293-4372, emailed or mailed to:

TxDOT Yoakum District
403 Huck St.
Yoakum, TX 77995

Persons requiring special communication or accommodation needs should contact the TxDOT Yoakum public information officer at (361) 293-4436 at least two working days prior to the hearing. The hearing will be conducted in English. Requests 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 special needs.
Description: The proposed project would replace the existing at-grade pontoon barge swing span and approach spans with a new fixed span high-clearance structure with spiral approaches. The purpose of the proposed project is to provide a replacement structure that offers a more structurally sound bridge, reduced maintenance costs and timely, reliable access across the GIWW along FM 457.

The proposed improvements require approximately 4.2 acres of additional right of way (ROW). The proposed project would displace one single-family residence, several TxDOT owned buildings and potentially impact one water supply well. 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 Yoakum District Office. Relocation assistance is available for displaced persons and businesses. The project would traverse the 100-year floodplain and cross wetlands.

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 Yoakum District
Public Information Officer
403 Huck St.
Yoakum, TX 77995

(361) 293-4300