Monday, June 2, 2014

1975 Hearing Regarding Beltway 8 to be Held at J. Frank Dobie Sept. 18

The State Department of Highways and Public Transportation will hold a formal public hearing on September 16, 7:30 p.m. at the J. Frank Dobie High School for the purpose of discussing the proposed Beltway 8.

No date has been set for the beginning of construction on the link which will run through the Sagemont-Kirkwood area, connecting the Gulf Freeway and U.S. 59.

According to Hilliard Butler, Advanced Planning Supt. for the Texas Department, three of four people will give a rundown  of the construction project, routes, alternate routes, designs, and alternate design will be displayed at the hearing.

Tentative schedules for right of way acquisition and construction will also be discussed. The highway construction department is presently working with the environmental division of the federal government and holding public hearings on the proposed outer loop.

The proposed design provides for a fully controlled access freeway with a minimum of eight main lanes separated by a 28-foot median and having two continuous one-way frontage roads, three lanes each, flanking the main lanes and all within the a minimum right of way width of 420 feet. 

All interested citizens are invited to attend the public hearing. 

The latter part of the program will allow for statements, written or verbal, to be given to the highway department for consideration. 

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