Public hearing scheduled for SH205 South Project in Kaufman and Rockwall Counties

(ROCKWALL & KAUFMAN COUNTY, TX – Oct. 11, 2018) The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is proposing to widen State Highway (SH) 205 from United States Highway (US) 80 in Terrell to the junction of SH 205/John King Boulevard (South Goliad Street) in Kaufman and Rockwall counties. TxDOT will host an informal open house with a formal public hearing to inform citizens of the proposed project and solicit comments.

The hearing will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Chisholm Baptist Church located at 1388 South SH 205, Rockwall, Texas 75032. Displays will be available for viewing at 6:00 p.m. with the formal hearing starting at 7:00 p.m. 

The proposed project would widen SH 205 from US 80 in Terrell to the junction of SH 205/John King Boulevard (South Goliad Street), a distance of approximately 13.07 miles, within the cities of Rockwall, McLendon-Chisholm and Terrell. Phased construction of SH 205 includes interim and ultimate improvements. Interim improvements would include constructing a four-lane urban roadway with an inside 12-foot wide travel lane (one in each direction) and an outside 14-foot wide travel lane (one in each direction) for shared use by bicycles and vehicles. Five-foot wide sidewalks would be constructed on each side of SH 205 throughout the proposed project limits. A 42-foot wide median would divide the northbound and southbound lanes. In the ultimate phase of construction, inside widening would occur within the 42-foot median and an additional 12-foot wide lane would be constructed in each direction with an 18-foot median remaining.

The existing facility is an undivided two-lane roadway (one lane in each direction) consisting of 12-foot wide travel lanes and 10-foot wide shoulders within a typical 100 to 120-foot wide right-of-way (ROW). Proposed ROW width would vary from 120 to 700 feet wide throughout the project limits. The proposed project would potentially displace four commercial structures, a utility structure, the McLendon-Chisholm Fire Department office, one memorial structure, one barn structure and an abandoned gas station for a total of nine structures. Relocation assistance is available for displaced persons and businesses.

Portions of the proposed project area and construction work would occur in the Federal Emergency Management Agency designated 100-year floodplains of Bachelor Creek, Terry Creek, Little High Point Creek, High Point Creek, Berry Creek, Hackberry Creek, Bushy Creek and Long Branch. The hydraulic design for this project would be in accordance with current Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and TxDOT design policies. Approximately 1.58 acres of wetlands associated with Waters of the United States would be permanently filled and authorized under a United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Section 404 Nationwide Permit 14 with pre-construction notification to the USACE.

Construction costs for the interim project are estimated at $163 million.  The project is anticipated to let in early 2023. This project is not currently funded.

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