Notice Affording Opportunity for a Public Hearing - Proposed Improvements to SH 161 from S of SH 183 to N of Belt Line Rd

Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is the Lead Agency proposing improvements to SH 161 from South of SH 183 to North of Belt Line Road in the City of Irving, Dallas County, Texas, for a distance of approximately 5.4 miles. This north-south segment of SH 161 currently operates as non-tolled roadway between two tolled segments currently operated by the North Texas Tollway Authority. Within the project limits SH 161 is a north-south urban freeway. Pursuant to Texas Administrative Code, Title 43, §2.106 this notice is affording an opportunity for a public hearing on the proposed project. 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 16, 2014, and executed by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and TxDOT.

The existing facility consists of a six-lane divided freeway with two, 12-foot freeway lanes and one interim lane in each direction. The interim lanes vary in width from 11 to 12 feet and are Peak Hour Lanes open to traffic only during morning and evening peak travel times. In addition, the typical median width throughout the project limits is 54 feet. The approximate right-of-way (ROW) width is 600 feet. Continuous northbound and southbound frontage roads with three, 12-foot travel lanes in each direction exist between SH 183 and the northern terminus of the project.

Any environmental documentation or studies, maps showing the project location and design, tentative construction schedules, and other information regarding the project are on file and available for inspection Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at 4777 East Highway 80, Mesquite, Texas 75150.

Any interested citizen may request a public hearing covering the social, economic and environmental effects of the proposed location and design for this project. Requests for a public hearing must be submitted in writing on or before Sunday, December 17, 2017, to the TxDOT Dallas District Office - Advanced Project Development, ATTN: Mr. Nelson Underwood, P.E., Project Manager, 4777 East Highway 80, Mesquite, Texas 75150.

Notice Affording Opportunity for a Public Hearing