HCRMA Public Meeting
When: March 28, 2013 - 05:00:00 PM
Location: Pharr City Hall – 2nd Floor
Address: 118 S. Cage Blvd.
Notice of Public Meeting For State Highway 365
The Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority (HCRMA) will hold three (3) Public Meetings in Open House format in order to provide information and gather comments regarding the proposed State Highway 365 (formerly the Trade Corridor Connector) tollroad project.
The proposed project would consist of constructing a toll facility that would ultimately provide for a six-lane divided controlled access facility within a variable right-of-way width of a minimum of 160 feet and a maximum of 400 feet with a right of way (ROW) of approximately 615 acres. The proposed project is approximately 16.5 miles with toll improvements beginning 0.5 mile west of FM 1016 (Conway Ave) and runs east then runs parallel to San Juan Road until meeting US 281 (Military Highway) where non-toll improvements will take place from 0.45 miles East of Spur 600 to FM 2557 (Stewart Road) along US 281 (Military Highway).
The project calls for an interim design of 4-lane toll facility divided by a grassy median with overpasses, ramps and one lane frontage roads (where necessary). The mai lanes would consist of 4-foot-wide inside shoulders, two 12-foot-wide travel lanes, 10-foot-wide outside shoulders in each direction. The frontage would consist of a 12-foot-wide travel lane, a 10-foot-wide outside shoulder and 4-foot wide inside shoulder. A grade separated interchange would occur at the SH 365 and US 281 (Military Highway) intersection. The ultimate design for SH 365 involves a 6-lane toll facility divided by concrete traffic barrier with overpasses, ramps and two lane frontage roads (where necessary). The mainlanes would consist of 10-foot-wide inside shoulders, three 12-foot-wide travel lanes, and 10-foot-wide outside shoulders in each direction. The design also includes proposed non-toll improvements along the existing US 281 (Military Highway) principal arterial from 0.45 miles East of Spur 600 to FM 2557 (Stewart Road) consisting of a 16-foot-wide turning lane, two 12-foot-wide travel lanes in each direction, and two 10-foot-wide outside shoulders contained within the existing 100-foot-wide right of way.
Overpasses for the project are being proposed at FM 1016 (Conway Avenue) with a span for the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), FM 1016 (Military Highway), UPRR (south of FM 1016), Anzalduas General Service Administration (GSA) connecting road, FM 494 (Shary Road), SP 115 (23rd Street), SH 336 (10th Street), FM 2061 (Jackson Road), US 281 (Cage Boulevard), “I” Road, and FM 3072 (Dicker Road). Underpasses for the project are being proposed at Glasscock Road, McColl Road, and Anaya Road. Also included in the design is a grade separated interchange at the SH 365 and US 281 (Military Highway) intersection, and whose configuration will be determined by ongoing route studies. Water crossings (bridge structure or culvert) are proposed at the Main Floodway Channel, at Pharr/San Juan Irrigation Canal (0.6 mile east of SH 336 (10th Street)), and at an existing drainage canal south of Las Milpas Road.
Based on a preliminary field reconnaissance, desktop aerial review and Railroad Commission of Texas oil and gas well database review, it has been determined that the project will require several relocations including three residences, one commercial business, one church , and seven oil/gas wells, all which appear to be located within the proposed ROW and may be displaced as a result of the proposed action. Preliminary field reconnaissance indicates approximately 9 acres of wetlands and 1 acre of open water located within the proposed ROW. Coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will be conducted to determine jurisdictional impacts and compensatory mitigation will be secured for impacts to jurisdictional wetland communities, if necessary.
Approximately 125 acres of the proposed project lie within the 100-year floodplain. Of the 125 acres of floodplain, it is anticipated that levees would be relocated for approximately 31 acres; bridges would span approximately 20 acres; and culverts would be provided for approximately 48 acres. Therefore, impacts would be minimized for approximately 79 percent of floodplains. Further studies will be conducted to determine the extent of floodplain impacts.
The purpose of these Public Meetings are to provide opportunities for early public input on environmental considerations, the proposed alignments, right-of-way and updates since the last series of Public Meetings in 2010. Project staff will be available to answer questions and bilingual staff will be present to assist citizens. Information to be provided to the public at the Public Meetings will include project maps and handouts. The date, time, and location for the Public Meetings are as follows:
Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
From: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: McAllen Convention Center
700 Convention Center Blvd.
McAllen, TX 78501
Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
From: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Mission City Hall
1201 East 8th Street
Mission, TX 78572
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2013
From: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: City of Pharr City Hall – Commission Chambers, 2nd Floor
118 S Cage Blvd
Pharr, TX 78577
All interested citizens are invited to attend these Public Meetings. Comments will be accepted for a period of 10 days following the last public meeting. Written comments relative to the proposed project may be presented at the meeting or submitted to Mr. Pilar Rodriguez, P.E., HCRMA Executive Director, at P.O. Box 1766 Pharr, Texas 78577 by Monday April 8, 2013 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project exhibits to be displayed at the Public Meetings can be viewed by appointment in the HCRMA office. Please call (956) 402-4762 to set up an appointment or go to http://www.hcrma.net for more information.
Persons interested in attending this meeting who have special accommodations and/or needs are encouraged to contact the HCRMA at (956) 402-4762 at least five working days prior to the meeting. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate those needs.