TxDOT has proposed various improvements for the segment of FM 664 in Ellis County between US 287 in Waxahachie to Westmoreland Road in Ovilla, TX. The proposed project will transform the two lane, rural roadway into a four lane, urban roadway with a raised median. Additional improvements include the elimination of 90 degree turns and the construction of 6-foot wide sidewalks. The project received environmental clearance in the fall of 2020. The next steps for the project are the acquisition of approximately 87 acres of right-of-way.
Increasing traffic volumes in western San Antonio are the impetus for TxDOT’s recent proposal to improve US 90. The proposed project stretches 11.5 miles from SH 11 to Loop 13 (W. Military Drive). TxDOT has plans to expand the four‐lane roadway with intermittent frontage roads to a six‐lane expressway with one-way continuous frontage roads. The project also includes construction of direct connectors at Loop 1604 and improvements to State Highway 211, Montgomery Road, Hunt Lane, and Loop 13 intersections. Before construction can begin, TxDOT must obtain right-of-way. The project will require approximately 79 acres of right-of-way, which is anticipated to be acquired beginning in the spring of 2021.
In order to improve safety, mobility and connectivity, TxDOT is planning the construction of a 17 mile roadway in Starr County, Texas. The new roadway will be a 4-lane divided highway connecting Rio Grande City and Roma. The project is a new-location reliever route for FM 755 and US 83 which SL 195 will connect. TxDOT anticipates the acquisition of 667 acres of right-of-way, which may possibly lead to the displacement of 1 commercial structure, 5 residential structures and 7 additional structures. The project is expected to receive environmental clearance early in 2021 and acquisition of right-of way is expected to begin in the spring of 2023.
TxDOT is in the process of constructing a new state highway in Lubbock. The proposed Loop 88 bypass will be a controlled access facility consisting of a six-lane divided freeway (three lanes in each direction) with two-lane frontage roads. The Loop 88 project is approximately 37 miles long and will be constructed in four segments. Segment 3, which TxDOT is currently acquiring right-of-way for, will be the first to be completed. Segments 1 and 2 will follow.
Segment 1 begins at the intersection of US 84 and FM 2641 and connects with the beginning of Segment 2 at State Highway 114. Segment 2 stretches to the intersection of US 62 and US 82 at the beginning of Segment 3. The length of Segment 1 and 2 is approximately 16.05 miles. Segments 1 and 2 received final Environmental Assessment in the fall of 2020. The next step will be right-of-way acquisitions which are predicted to begin in 2022. The project will need approximately 850 acres of new right-of-way and is anticipated to displace 12 residential properties.
TxDOT is working on a major roadway project in Tarrant County. The Southeast Connector project will reconstruct and widen I-20, I-820 and US 287, including the three major interchanges for each highway. The project will also include the creation of bicycle/pedestrian accommodations including shared-use paths and sidewalks along frontage roads and at cross-street intersections. The total project length is 16 miles. The Southeast Connector project will require approximately 22 acres of right-of-way. TxDOT predicts that this could result in 23 residential displacements and 19 commercial displacements. The Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and the final environmental assessment were made available for public review in September 2020. The next steps for the project will be right-of-way acquisition.
SH 332 in Brazoria County is soon to be improved by TxDOT. The roadway project is 5.3 miles in length and spans from FM 521 to SH 288. The project includes three major improvements. The first improvement will occur at the stretch of the road from FM 521 to FM 2004 and will include the reconstruction and widening of the roadway from two to four lanes. The second major improvement targets SH 332 from FM 2004 to SH 288. This section of the road will be widened from four to six lanes. The third major improvement will be the reconstruction of the bridge over Buffalo Camp Bayou. The project also includes some minimal improvements, namely the construction of sidewalks and a new drainage channel.
TxDOT is in the final stages of their plans for SH 332. The final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) were released in the fall of 2020. The next step for the project will be the acquisition of right-of-way. The project would require approximately 70.4 acres of additional right-of-way. After right-of-way acquisition, TxDOT will start construction.
Since the late 1990s, TxDOT has been planning the improvement of the I-35E corridor in Dallas and Denton counties. In 2018, the first phase of the I-35E project was completed. Now, TxDOT is looking to complete the I-35E project with Phase II. These improvements are a part of a statewide strategic plan, the Texas Clear Lanes project, which aims to provide congestion relief in the five largest metro areas in the state.
The I-35E Phase II project will impact the segment of I-35E from I-635 to the Denton County line. The Phase II project will reconstruct and widen the road from six to eight lanes. Additionally, the project will improve intersections and reconstruct the two existing managed toll lanes. According to a project fact sheet, the project has $75 million allocated to acquiring Right of Way (ROW). TxDOT anticipates that construction on the project will begin in late 2021, but before then, it is likely that TxDOT will need to acquire additional ROW from Dallas County landowners.
TxDOT and Hidalgo County are working together to make improvements to Nolana Loop in order to improve mobility and accommodate current and future traffic flow. Improvements will be made to the stretch of Nolana Loop that spans from FM 1426 (Raul Longoria Road) to FM 88 (Texas Avenue). The project is 9.8 miles and will widen, reconstruct, and extend the roadway.
In August 2020, the Final Environmental Assessment and the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) were made available for public review. The next step for the project is the acquisition of approximately 82.6 acres of Right of Way (ROW), which is anticipated to force the relocation of several residences and one commercial structure. Once ROW is acquired, the project will begin construction.
In response to growth in Fort Bend County and in order to meet current design standards, TxDOT is preparing to widen FM 723. The project is 9.23 miles long and stretches from Avenue D to FM 1093. The proposed plans will transform FM 723 from a two lane road to a four lane road. The project requires TxDOT to acquire approximately 100 acres of Right-of-Way (ROW). As of fall 2020, TxDOT has been in the process of acquiring ROW and conducting appraisals on impacted properties. Once ROW is acquired, construction will begin.
TxDOT is preparing for future population growth in Denton County with their most recent plans to improve State Loop 288. The project extends 9 miles from IH 35 W to IH 35. The final product of the SL 288 improvements will be a newly located, four-lane frontage road system. Improvements will be completed in two phases. Phase one includes the construction of one frontage road which will be a two-lane, two way street. Phase one also includes securing right of way and constructing a sidewalk and median. In Phase two, there will be construction of another two lane frontage road, and both two-lane frontage roads will become one-way frontage roads. In August 2020, the project’s Final Environmental Assessment was issued by TxDOT for public review. The next step for the project is the acquisition of approximately 414.7 acres of Right of Way.