Kaufman County Officials Make Long Term Plans with TxDOT to Construct FM148 Bypass

Kaufman County, in conjunction with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) as the lead agency, is proposing to construct a new location bypass for FM 148 from south of FM 3039 to US 175 in the City of Crandall, Kaufman County, Texas.

TxDOT will host an informal open house with a formal public hearing to inform citizens of the proposed project and solicit comments on the project.

The open house portion of the event will begin at 6 p.m. and the formal hearing will follow at 7 p.m. on Aug. 23, 2018 at the L.F. Raynes Board Room, Crandall Independent School District, 400 West Lewis Street, Crandall, TX 75114.

The proposed FM 148 Bypass would construct a new location rural roadway connecting FM 148 with US 175 that would bypass the urban center of the city of Crandall. This bypass would be 1.6 miles long and would consist of two 12-foot wide travel lanes (one lane in each direction) with 8-foot wide outside shoulders, and turn lanes. At the northern terminus, the proposed project would have at-grade connections with US 175 frontage roads, improvements to which have been proposed by others.

The existing FM 148 facility consists of two 11-foot wide mainlanes (one lane in each direction) with 3-foot outside shoulders. Currently, FM 148 connects to US 175 approximately 1.3 miles northwest of the proposed bypass through the City of Crandall’s downtown area. The existing right-of-way (ROW) width varies from 80 feet to 90 feet wide. Proposed ROW width would vary from 164 feet to 230 feet wide to incorporate a left turn lane. The proposed project would potentially displace two single-family residences including a detached garage and two carports, and one commercial business, impacting a total of five structures. 

Portions of the proposed project area and construction work would occur in the Federal Emergency Management Agency designated 100-year floodplain for Anthony Branch. The hydraulic design for this project would be in accordance with current Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and TxDOT design policies.

Approximately 0.16 acre of a wetland area, a water of the U.S., would be permanently filled after receiving Nationwide Permit 14 authorization from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

 

The project is approximately $31.9 million and is anticipated to let in the summer of 2023.

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