I-10 widening meeting to be held online

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The March 24 meeting will now be offered online amid COVID-19 concerns.

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The TxDOT-led meeting to discuss the widening of I-10 has been moved to an online format due to growing concerns surrounding COVID-19, according to a news release. The meeting will still begin at its original date, March 24, and the public will still have a chance to comment.

“The purpose of the online public hearing is to gather public input on the proposed reconstruction and widening of I-10, from Walden Road (CR 131) to 7th Street and US 69 from Fannett Road (SH 124) to 11th Street in Jefferson County, Texas,” the release read. “This meeting was originally scheduled to take place at the MCM Eleganté Hotel on March 24, 2020; however, the meeting format has been changed to be online only (no in-person meeting). A pre-recorded presentation and comment opportunity will be posted on this page starting March 24. Comments must be received on or before Wednesday, April 8 to be a part of the official public hearing record.”

The project includes the following proposed improvements:

  • Widening I-10 from Walden Road (CR131) to 7th Street and widening US 69 from Fannett Road (SH 124) to 11th Street
  • Widening I-10 in each direction from four to five lanes between Cardinal Drive and Eastex Freeway interchanges
  • Widening roadway approaches to the Cardinal Drive and Eastex Freeway interchanges on I-10 and US 69 would be widened in each direction from two lanes to three lanes
  • Adding new frontage roads for continuity, relocating I-10 ramps, and constructing two-lane direct connectors (flyovers) in each direction where I-10 and US 69 converge
  • Removing the Maury Meyers Bridge (Liberty/Laurel overpass) to address a height constraint for freight movements
  • Upgrading drainage to meet current design standards

Approximately 11 acres of additional right of way is anticipated as part of the proposed project, mostly within the Eastex Freeway interchange, including potential easements or ROW for drainage. The ROW would remain unchanged at the Cardinal Drive interchange, but the ROW at the Eastex Freeway interchange is proposed to increase approximately 250 feet at its widest part. The proposed project would displace 41 commercial businesses and one government office within 12 commercial properties. No residential displacements are anticipated.