FM 741 in Kauffman County

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has proposed to improve FM 741 in Kaufman County from US 175 in Crandall to FM 548 in Forney. The project includes widening from the current two lane rural section to a four lane divided roadway. The existing right-of-way (ROW) varies from 70-100 feet in width, and the new ROW would be 140 feet wide from US 175 to FM 2757 and 120 feet wide from FM 2757 to the end of project.

According to TxDOT’s timeline (view here) from their virtual public meeting held in November 2020, the project’s schematic should receive approval in summer 2021. TxDOT anticipates ROW acquisition is to begin in early 2022.

Project Connect (MetroRapid Lines) in Austin

Last November, the residents of Austin approved funding for the construction of two light rail lines (Blue and Orange), a downtown transit tunnel, a commuter rail line (Green), a new rapid bus route (Gold), and three new MetroRapid throughout the city. The controversial project has received criticism for its $7.1 billion price tag and lengthy construction schedule. CapMetro and the City of Austin expect 45% of the project’s cost to come from federal funding, which still leaves $3.9 billion left to local investments and taxing.

The right-of-way (ROW) will expand and is expected to displace residents along the new rails paths. Within this $7.1 billion price tag, there includes $300 million for displacement issues to occur alongside the location of the new rails and rapid bus routes. Final design and procurement for MetroRapid Phase I is expected to reach completion by 2022.

Complete Map of Proposed Project

RM 2243 (Hero Way) in Williamson County

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Williamson County have proposed plans to widen and realign RM 2243. It is outlined to be built from U.S. 183A to Southwest Bypass. The project is a controlled-access roadway that will also include two three-lane frontage roads with access ramps on either side of the main lanes.  At this point, there is only funding (through the 2019 Williamson County Road Bond) for the first phase which will be the construction of a single 3-lane frontage road to serve two-way traffic until the other frontage road is built. As of now, phase one construction is expected to begin in late 2022.

TxDOT and Williamson County hosted a virtual public meeting on May 25th, 2021 as its first round of public input. During the meeting, there was no mention on how much right of way will be needed; however, according to their plans the project will require significant additional ROW and displacements.  The schematic provided at the meeting can be viewed [here].

North US 59 Loop – Webb County

In April 2021, TxDOT advised the public that the draft environmental assessment had been released for the US 59 project in Webb County. The project is approximately 5.9 miles in length and spans from International Boulevard to East Corridor Road. The improvements will transform the roadway into an urban interstate expressway, with three 12-foot lanes in each direction, a center concrete barrier, shoulders and on/off ramps. Additional improvements will include eight storm water detention ponds and sidewalks. The project will require the acquisition of approximately 192 acres of new right-of-way and could potentially displace two commercial properties. Before acquiring ROW, TxDOT must receive final environmental clearance. Project construction will be conducted in two phases, the first of which is estimated to begin letting in September 2022.

FM 664 from US 287 to Westmoreland Road

TxDOT has two upcoming projects that will improve FM 664 in Ellis County. Although the projects are distinct, both plans are following similar timelines. The less expansive of the two projects is TxDOT’s plans for the 8 mile segment of FM 664 from US 287 to Westmoreland Road in Ovilla, Texas.

The proposed project will include reconstructing, realigning and widening the roadway. TxDOT will transform the two lane, rural roadway into a four lane, urban roadway with a raised median. Additional improvements will include the elimination of 90 degree turns and the construction of 6-foot wide sidewalks. The plans 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, which may displace one residential and one commercial property.

FM 664 from IH 35 East to IH 45

TxDOT will be making major improvements to FM 664 in Ellis County. The changes to the Ellis County roadway are occurring as two distinct TxDOT projects, although both are following similar timelines. The more expansive of the two projects is TxDOT’s plans for the segment of FM 664 from IH 35E in Red Oak to IH 45 south in Ferris.

The plans for the 9.96 mile stretch of FM 664 will expand the current two to four lane roadway into a six lane roadway. Additionally, two new interchanges and one new bypass will be built. One of the interchanges will be will be constructed at IH 35E from Red Oak to Tater Brown Road and the other will be at IH 45 from the IH 45 crossover to E. 8th Street. The new bypass will be located south of the City of Ferris in order to connect to the new interchange at IH 45.

The project received final environmental clearance in the spring of 2020. The next step for TxDOT is the acquisition of right-of-way (ROW). TxDOT is planning to acquire 164 acres of new ROW, which is anticipated to displace 17 residential structures and 10 commercial properties.

TxDOT in Lubbock: Loop 88 Segments 1 & 2

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.

Permian 2 Katy Pipeline (P2K)

Sempra LNG & Midstream and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP are jointly developing the Permian 2 Katy Pipeline (P2K). The proposed pipeline will connect the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast and Mexico. The pipelines will harvest natural gas from the Waha Oil Fields near Pecos in Reeves and Ward counties. One of the terminal points will be southeast of Katy, while the other terminus will travel south of Rosenberg to the Houston Ship Channel. The project lists the potential benefit of shipping the exports to Mexico or beyond, given the demand for natural gas supplies. The pipeline will be 42-inches and 36-inches in diameter

In April 2018, the pipeline received its initial permit issued from the Railroad Commission of Texas. The permit lists the following counties that will be impacted by this pipeline: Austin, Burnet, Crane, Irion, Lee, McCulloch, Menard, Pecos, Reagan, Reeves, San Saba, Schleicher, Upton, Waller, Washington, Wharton, and Williamson. The pipeline is projected to be up and running by 2020, Quarter 3.

San Antonio Road Funds

In May of 2017, the voters of San Antonio approved the six propositions of the $850 million bonds offered by San Antonio. The bonds will be used to invest in the infrastructure of the city, such as sidewalks, parks, drainage improvements, and roads. One of the projects will include improvements to the Broadway corridor, renovating the Hemisfair street grid, as well as some pedestrian bridges near Hardberger Park. The Hemisfair Park Streets projects will reconstruct Hemisfair boulevard and is expected to begin construction in June of 2019. Broadway Street Corridor is also expected to undergo improvements thanks to the approved bonds, with construction beginning in December of 2018.

South Bexar County will also benefit from the city’s approved bonds. Highland Oaks roads will undergo significant construction improvements. Eight streets will be constructed. They will have 12-foot lanes, with 4-foot paved shoulders. The engineer for the project predicts that the road construction project should be completed by fall of 2019.

Texas Department of Transportation’s Plans for Loop 9

In 2014, Texas Department of  Transportation proposed the construction of a six-lane frontage road system between I-35E and I-45 through Dallas and Ellis Counties, Texas. The project will be constructed in three phases and TxDot will begin engineering and environmental studies for the section of Loop 9 from I-35 to I-45 (Corridor B) first. According to the TxDot, this initial section is approximately 9.5 miles in length and is expected to cost about $710 million.

Various public meetings have been held regarding Loop 9. A typical right-of-way for the Loop 9 project would vary from approximately 384 to 548 feet in width. Currently, TxDot predicts that due to the right-of-way acquisitions there will be at least 25 residential areas displacements, 7 commercial displacements and 68 other facilities such as carports, storage sheds, etc. displaced by the new frontage road. According to our records, TxDot has not yet finalized the route and those who will be affected. This is an ongoing project, and TxDot predicts that Phase 1 could be completed by spring of 2022.

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