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Posted on: December 18, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Proposed TxDOT SH 146 Expansion from FM 519 to Loop 197

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The purpose of the project is to improve mobility during hurricane and other evacuation events and replace the bridge to meet current design standards, improve intersection configuration for large trucks and upgrade the aging bridge structure.

The TxDOT Houston District is the lead agency proposing to widen SH 146 from existing two-lane to four lanes to relieve a bottleneck and replace the SH 146 railroad bridge over the Texas City Terminal (TCT) and Union Pacific Railroads (UPRR) with a four-lane bridge. The project also proposes to reconfigure the existing intersection; SH 146 and SH 3 would intersect at an above-grade, signalized T-intersection, removing the SH 3 at-grade crossing of the railroad. An at-grade U-turn access road to SH 3 would be constructed to provide access to adjacent properties. This study is being undertaken by the Texas Department of Transportation with input from local governments.    

The purpose of the project is to improve mobility during hurricane and other evacuation events and replace the bridge to meet current design standards, improve intersection configuration for large trucks and upgrade the aging bridge structure. 

Construction of the proposed project would be completed in phases and would require the temporary closure of SH 146 south of FM 519. Motorists traveling on SH 146 tp SH 3 would instead detour by turning south on FM 519 and then east on SH 3. Signage would be in place during the temporary detour to direct motorists. The detour is anticipated to remain in place for approximately 12 months and is scheduled to be gin in 2020. 

Current Conditions

The existing SH 146 facility consists of a two-lane, undivided roadway from FM 519 to Loop 197. The existing railroad crossing consists of a narrow two-lane bridge with no shoulders. SH 146 crosses the railroad above-grade, while SH 3 crosses at-grade.

Proposed Improvements

The proposed improvements include the following:

  • Add one lane in each direction on SH 146 from FM 519 to Loop 197, to match the existing SH 146 facility north of FM 519
  • Reconstruct and widen the SH 146 bridge over the railroad to accommodate four lanes on SH 146 and relieve the bottleneck
  • Reconfigure the SH 146/SH 3 intersection to an elevated and signalized T-intersection to remove the SH 3 at-grade crossing of the railroad
  • Construct an at-grade U-turn on SH 3 to provide access to adjacent properties 

This project would require the acquisition of additional right of way (ROW). The acquisition may result in the displacement of residences and businesses directly adjacent to the project area. 

Next Steps

  • Notice Affording an Opportunity for a Public Hearing 
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) decision 
  • Right-of-way acquisition when funding becomes available
  • Construction will begin when funding becomes available 

Any interested person may request a public hearing covering the social. economic and environmental effects of the proposed location and design for this project. Requests for a public hearing must be submitted in writing on or before January 7, 2019 to TxDOT Houston District Office, Director of Project Development. P.O. Box 1386, Houston, Texas 77251-1386pr submitted electronically at https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/houston.html or via email at HOU-PIOWebMain@txdot.gov. If you have general questions or concerns regarding the proposed project of the opportunity for the pubic hearing, contact Mr. Patrick Gant at 713-802-5274. 

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Reference the following project number: 0389-07-025
TxDOT Houston District
(713) 802-5076

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