PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS TO FM 1626 FROM RM 967 TO FM 2770
May 5, 2015 | 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Elm Grove Elementary School | 801 W FM 1626, Buda
In cooperation with Hays County, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will hold an open house and public hearing for the proposed improvements to Farm-to-Market (FM) 1626 from Ranch-to-Market (RM) 967 to FM 2770 in Hays County, Texas. The purpose of the open house and public hearing is to present the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and schematic design and to receive comments from the public. The open house and public hearing will be held on May 5, 2015, at Elm Grove Elementary School at 801 W FM 1626, Buda, Texas, 78610. An open house will be held from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM, during which maps of the project area and schematics will be available for review and comment. Following the open house, a public hearing will begin at 6:30 PM with a brief presentation on the proposed improvements, at which time members of the public will be encouraged to share their comments regarding the proposed project for inclusion into the official public record. Preliminary maps and documents can be found at the Hays County Precinct 2 office at 5458 FM 2770 Suite 124, Kyle, Texas, 78640 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
The proposed project is approximately 3.3 miles in length and would widen the existing two-lane, undivided roadway to a four-lane divided arterial with a center left-turn lane. The purpose of the project is to improve mobility and increase public safety along FM 1626, a major commuter route between Hays County communities and Austin, by increasing capacity through construction of additional travel lanes and by providing refuge for turning vehicles. Approximately
11.24 acres of additional right of way would be required for construction of the proposed improvements. The proposed widening would include work at the Onion Creek and Mustang Branch bridged crossings, and approximately 0.43 acres of the new right-of-way lie within the 100-year floodplain. The proposed project is located over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone and portions of the Edwards II sole-source aquifer recharge zone. A Water Pollution Abatement Plan has been submitted and approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
The proposed project would require no residential relocations and no commercial displacements. No public or community facilities would be displaced. All members of the public are invited to attend this open house and public hearing. Meeting handouts will be available in English and Spanish, and a Spanish translator will be present throughout the open house and public hearing. Persons interested in attending this hearing that have special communication and/or accommodation needs are encouraged to contact TxDOT Austin District Office at (512) 832-7218 at least two days prior to the meeting. Any requests for other language interpretation other than the Spanish interpretation to be provided should also be made at least two days prior to the public hearing. TxDOT will make every reasonable effort to accommodate these needs.
Verbal comments regarding the proposed project may be provided during the public hearing or spoken directly to the court reporter following the conclusion of the hearing. Written comments may be submitted during or after the hearing, either in person or by mail, to the District Environmental Coordinator, P.O. Box 15426, Austin, Texas, 78761-5426. Comments will also be accepted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments must be postmarked or emailed by May 15, 2015, in order to be included as part of the official public record. For more information and project materials, please contact Jon Geiselbrecht by telephone at (512) 832-7218, or by email at Jon.Geiselbrecht@txdot.gov.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by TxDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 16, 2014, and executed by FHWA and TxDOT.