"The preferred route we are proposing reflects modifications based on extensive public and stakeholder input over the past four months," said Doug Eichorst II, P.E., Lubbock District Engineer. "Details of adjustments-made since the last public meeting-to three areas of the preferred route, including realigning the south portion of the proposed preferred route to follow FM 1585 instead of 146th Street, and realigning the southeast portion to follow 146th Street instead of FM 1585, will be presented during the final meeting."
A stakeholders group, along with TxDOT engineering staff, considered results of traffic, societal, environmental and engineering criteria, as well as comments from their individual constituents and from the public meetings to determine the preferred route.
"We have been meeting with the Stakeholders Group and the public since June 2013, identifying concerns within the study area, reviewing technical information and route options, and gathering input and comments to refine the recommended and preferred routes," Eichorst said. "This latest route minimizes the impact on surrounding properties."
During the meeting, scheduled for Thursday, August 21, at the Lubbock-Cooper Performing Arts Center, 16302 Loop 493, Lubbock, 79423, TxDOT will seek public opinion on a Preferred Route for the proposed highway facility around Lubbock from US 84 northwest of Lubbock to US 84 southeast of Lubbock. An open house beginning at 5:30 p.m. will provide information and display exhibits related to the study area and preferred route. A short presentation by TxDOT personnel will be conducted at 6 p.m. Staff will be on hand to answer questions.
The first phase of the Outer Route development, known as the Feasibility Study, concluded in 2010 with a finding of feasibility for a four-lane divided highway in 2030. The second phase, known as the Route Study, has involved traffic, societal and environmental analyses and public input on preliminary and recommended route options. Stakeholder and public meeting summaries, as well as fact sheets and frequently asked questions are posted on the project website.
Persons who plan to attend and have special communication or accommodation needs are encouraged to contact Dianah Ascencio at (806) 748-4472 at least five business days prior to the meeting to request assistance. TxDOT will make every reasonable effort to accommodate these needs.
(Press release by the Texas Department of Transportation, Lubbock District)