TxDOT Holds Public Hearing on Ultimate Project Limits

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is proposing to reconstruct and widen I-635 from US 75 to I-30 in Dallas County. The meeting begins with an open house viewing from 5-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31 with the formal hearing starting at 6 p.m. at the Highland Oaks Church of Christ, 10805 Walnut Hill Lane in Dallas.

The purpose is to present planned improvements and to receive public comment. The project includes the reconstruction and widening on 11.2 miles of I-635 from US 75 to I-30 and improvements on 2.1 miles of I-30 from west of Gus Thomasson Road to east of Galloway Avenue in the cities of Dallas, Garland and Mesquite.

The purpose of the project is to improve mobility and safety within the I-635 corridor, accommodate dedicated tolled-managed/express lanes and improve access to existing roadway connections. On I-635, the proposed improvements from east of US 75 to Royal Lane/Miller Road would include constructing five 12-foot-wide general purpose lanes in each direction, two 12-foot-wide tolled-managed lanes in each direction and two to three frontage road lanes in each direction.

From Royal/Miller to La Prada Drive, the proposed project would provide five general purpose lanes in each direction, two non-tolled express lanes in each direction, and two to three frontage road lanes in each direction. From La Prada to south of I-30, the project would reconstruct I-635 to provide lane balance transitions between the general purpose lanes, proposed express lanes and the I-635/I-30 interchange. On I-30, proposed improvements would include constructing three to four 12-foot-wide general purpose lanes and two to three lane frontage roads in each direction. Auxiliary lanes along I-635 and I-30 would be constructed as needed to accommodate traffic demand volumes associated with ramp movements. To improve other modes of transportation, continuous sidewalks would be provided along the proposed I-635 and I-30 frontage roads.

The existing I-635 right-of-way (ROW) width ranges from 330 to 884 feet and the proposed ROW width ranges from 331 to 892 feet. The existing I-30 ROW width ranges from 300 to 1,060 feet and the proposed ROW width ranges from 330 to 1,085 feet. The proposed project would displace six multi-family residential structures, 10 commercial structures and two canopies located on commercial properties. No single-family residences would be displaced as a result of the project. The proposed project includes work within a FEMA designated 100-year floodplain.

The cost of the project is approximately $1.5 billion and is anticipated to begin in 2020 with completion in 2024.

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