Notice Draft Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review and Virtual Public Hearing – State Loop (SL) 288 from Interstate Highway (IH) 35W to IH 35 in Denton County, Texas

Thursday, July 09, 2020

CSJs: 2250-02-013 & 2250-02-014

Where:

This will be an online public hearing via a pre-recorded presentation (no in-person public hearing).

A pre-recorded presentation will be available at the date and time below.

When:

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The pre-recorded presentation video will be available for comment by 6:00 p.m.

Comments:

Members of the public may call (940) 441-5260 and verbally provide testimony from 6 p.m. on July 9, 2020 until 5 p.m. on July 24, 2020. Formal written comments may also be provided by mail or email as explained below.  An online comment form option will also be made available during the virtual public hearing.  All verbally provided testimony and timely written comments submitted by mail or email will be included as part of the official record for this hearing and project and considered by TxDOT.

Purpose:

The purpose of the virtual public hearing is to present the proposed improvements and solicit public comments to SL 288 from IH 35W to IH 35. The virtual public hearing will begin at 6:00 p.m. Materials will consist of a video presentation explaining the proposed project, which includes both audio and video components, along with other exhibits and materials for review. Formal comments may be provided by mail, email, or voicemail as described in the notice and on the virtual public hearing website. Comments must be received on or before Friday, July 24, 2020, to be a part of the official meeting record.

Description:

The proposed SL 288 project includes the construction of a four-lane new location frontage road system from IH 35W south of Denton to IH 35 north of Denton, in Denton County, Texas, and is approximately 9.0 miles in length. The proposed project right of way (ROW) would include a median that would accommodate future construction of an ultimate mainlane roadway. Construction of the ultimate mainlane roadway would be based on projected traffic and funding and would require additional environmental analysis prior to construction. At this time, only the construction of the frontage road system is planned.

The new location SL 288 frontage road system would include a northbound and southbound frontage road facility. For rural areas, the roadway would consist of two travel lanes (one 12-foot-wide lane and one 14-foot-wide lane for bicycle accommodation) and 8-foot-wide inside and outside shoulders in each direction, with open ditch drainage. For urbanized areas, the roadway would consist of two travel lanes (one 12-foot-wide lane and one 14-foot-wide lane for bicycle accommodation) in each direction, with curb and gutter drainage. The roadway would also include 6-foot-wide sidewalks along both sides of the road throughout the project limits. The proposed project ROW would include a median (variable width) that would accommodate the future construction of an ultimate mainlane roadway.

The project area includes approximately 26.6 acres of existing roadway ROW, 401.5 acres of proposed ROW, 1.2 acres of proposed permanent drainage easements, and 13.2 acres of proposed ROW by others. The proposed project would, subject to final design considerations, displace five single-family residences and one commercial property.

How to Provide Comments:

Verbal Testimony:

Members of the public may leave verbally testimony starting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2020 until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 24, 2020.

Phone: (940) 441-5260

Written Comments:

Members of the public may submit written comments by email or mail starting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2020 until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 24, 2020.

Email: Nelson.Underwood@txdot.gov

Mail: TxDOT Dallas District Office
Attention SL 288 – Nelson Underwood, P.E.
4777 East US Highway 80
Mesquite, TX 75150-6643

Survey Monkey:

Members of the public may submit online written comments starting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2020 until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 24, 2020.

Special Accommodations:

TxDOT makes every reasonable effort to accommodate the needs of the public. The public hearing will be in English. If you have a special communication accommodation or need for an interpreter, a request can be made. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can also be made to accommodate most needs. Please call the TxDOT Dallas District Public Information Office at (214) 320-4480. Requests should be made at least two working days prior to the meeting.  Please be aware that advance notice is requested as some accommodations may require time for TxDOT to arrange.

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 the Federal Highway Administration and TxDOT.

Downloads:

Public Hearing Notice (English)
Public Hearing Notice (Spanish)
Draft Environmental Assessment

Contact:        

TxDOT Dallas District

Public Information Office

(214) 320-4480

Email