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.
In 2019, TxDOT completed a study analyzing the I-10 El Paso Corridor, which is 55 miles long and extends from the New Mexico state line to FM 3380 (Aguilera International Highway). This stretch of highway is not only accommodating a growing population, but also helps facilitate international trade. The “Reimagine I-10” study identified four segments of the corridor and developed roadway solutions for each. Projects for each segment will be prioritized by TxDOT and will go through preliminary engineering (schematic) and environmental processes accordingly.
At this point in the Reimagine I-10 project, TxDOT has only prioritized improvements to Segment 2 which runs through downtown El Paso. The proposed Downtown I-10 project extends for 5.6 miles from Executive Center Boulevard to Loop 478 (Copia Street). The proposed improvements include reconstruction of the main lines, retaining walls, bridges, ramps, and cross streets. The project is anticipated to get environmental approval by 2024, which would be followed by ROW acquisitions and finally, construction.
Williamson County and the City of Taylor are reconstructing County Road 101 as a part of the county’s Long Range Transportation Plan which is designed to meet the needs of the county’s growing population. The $13 million project is 3.2 miles in length and spans from US 79 to Chandler Road. CR 101 will be reconstructed with two 12-foot lanes and left turn lanes at the intersections of CR 394/CR368 and Chandler Road. Additionally, the project will include two bridges. Construction is anticipated to be completed in fall of 2021 and the County has already begun the process of acquiring Right of Way.
Three companies have teamed up to build the largest pipeline since 2008. The EPIC pipeline will stretch approximately 730 miles long from the Permian Basin Shale field to the Corpus Christi region. “EPIC” stands for Eagle Ford, Permian, Ingleside, and Corpus. The pipeline is projected to transport up to 440,000 barrels per day of crude oil. The three companies developing the EPIC pipeline are TexStar from San Antonio, Ironwood Midstream Energy Partners which is a Texas-based midstream company, and Connecticut-based commodities trader Castleton Commodities International. The EPIC pipeline will run a “batch system,” which means it will transport and store two types of crude from the Permian and one from the Eagle Ford. Construction is set to be completed by March 2019, two years after this pipeline was announced.
Epic Y Grade Pipeline LP also recently announced a new NGL line that will run for 650 miles and connect the Permian and Eagle Ford regions to Gulf Coast refiners, petrochemical companies, and export markets. This line is expected to run parallel to the 730-mile pipeline. Orla, Benedum, and Corpus Christi are some of the origin points the companies have announced as destinations for the line. Epic is actively acquiring rights of way. This pipeline is expected to be completed in 2019.
V-Tex Logistics, LLC owned by Valero Energy Corporation has announced that it will jointly build a new pipeline with the Magellan Pipeline Company, owned by Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. The new pipeline will span about 135 miles from Houston to Hearne, Texas. This 16 inch pipeline will be assisted by a separate V-Tex Logistics, LLC 12 inch pipeline that will stretch 70 miles to connect the new terminals in Robertson County and in Williamson County. Representatives for Valero have already begun survey activity for the V-Tex 70-mile pipeline passing through Williamson and Milam counties. The 70-mile pipeline will impact Robertson, Milam, and Williamson counties. This project is expected to be completed in 2019.
Targa Resources Corp., a Houston pipeline company, announced plans for a new natural gas liquids pipeline called Grand Prix this past May. The newly constructed line will stretch about 635 miles long and transport natural gas liquids from the Permian Basin of West Texas in addition to the company’s North Texas system to the final destination of Targa’s complex in Mont Belvieu, located in east Texas.
Targa’s new natural gas liquids pipeline will be able to transfer as much as 550,000 barrels per day. Targa in the Permian area of west Texas has about 1.7 billion cubic feet per day of current gas processing capacity. Representatives from Targa have stated that surveying is already underway. Grand Prix is expected to be in service by the second quarter of 2019. Numerous counties that will likely be impacted by the Targa easement takings, including Eastland, Evath, Hood and Johnson.