LUBBOCK, TX (NEWS RELEASE) - The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is scheduled to hold a public hearing next week on a proposed project to upgrade and widen Loop 88 (FM 1585), from 0.5 miles north of U.S. 62 to 0.5 miles east of U.S. 87 in Lubbock County, Texas. The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at the Lubbock-Cooper Performing Arts Center (PAC), 16302 Loop 493, Lubbock, Texas 79423.
Displays will be available for viewing beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the formal hearing starting at 6 p.m. The purpose of the hearing is to present the planned improvements and to receive public comment on the proposed project.
During the hearing, TxDOT will present proposed plans to convert the existing two lane rural roadway to an access-controlled four-lane divided freeway with frontage roads and ramps. Interchanges will be developed at cross streets and a multi-level interchange is proposed at US 87. The project limits are from 0.5 miles north of US 62 to 0.5 miles east of US 87; a projected length of 12.4 miles.
The proposed project would require approximately 503 acres of additional right of way and includes the acquisition or relocation of 62 commercial and 75 residential properties. Information regarding the state's Relocation Assistance Program, the benefits and services for affected property owner, as well as information about the tentative schedules for right of way acquisition and construction can be obtained from the TxDOT district office at the address listed below. Relocation assistance is available for displaced persons and businesses. TxDOT personnel will be on hand at the hearing to answer citizen questions regarding the acquisition process.
Project maps will be displayed at the public hearing and are available on the TxDOT website. Environmental documentation for the project will also be available for inspection at the hearing and are available Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the TxDOT Lubbock District Office, 135 Slaton Road in Lubbock. Verbal and written comments are requested and may be presented at the hearing or by mail to Shelley Harris, P.E. at 135 Slaton Road, Lubbock, TX 79404-5201, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments must be received on or before October 27, 2017 to be part of the official hearing record.
The hearing will be conducted in English. Persons interested in attending who have special communication needs, are encouraged to contact Dianah Ascencio, TxDOT Public Information Officer, at (806) 748-4472. Requests should be made at least two days prior to the hearing. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate these needs.
(News release from TxDOT, Lubbock District)
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