TxDOT calls for public hearing May 5 on FM 2100 widening

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will conduct a public hearing on May 5, 2016, at the Newport Elementary School Cafeteria, 430 N. Diamondhead Boulevard, Crosby, Texas 77532.

The purpose of the hearing is to present the proposed widening of Farm-to-Market (FM) Road 2100 from FM 1960 to S. Diamondhead Boulevard, in Harris County, Texas, and to receive public comments. Displays will be available for viewing at 5:30 p.m. with the formal hearing commencing at 6:30 p.m.

The proposed project would widen FM 2100 from a two-lane undivided roadway to a four- lane divided facility. Five-foot sidewalks would be constructed on both sides of the roadway. The purpose of the proposed project is to reduce congestion and improve safety. The proposed improvements would require approximately 107 acres of additional right-of-way which includes seven proposed detention pond locations. The total project length is approximately 8 miles, and approximately six residences, eight commercial structures, and two churches would potentially be displaced as a result of the proposed project.

Maps and other drawings showing the proposed project’s location and design will be displayed at the hearing. Environmental documentation for the project will also be available for inspection at the hearing. This information is available by appointment Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the TxDOT Houston District office located at 7600 Washington Avenue, Houston, Texas 77007, and at TxDOT’s North Harris Area Office, located at 16803 Eastex Freeway, (US 59), Humble, Texas 77396. To schedule an appointment, please contact Wahida Wakil, P.E., at (713) 802-5513 or the North Harris Area Office at (281) 319-6400. The project information can also be viewed at TxDOT’s websites: http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/get-involved/about/hearings- meetings.html and http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/houston/fm2100.html.

All interested citizens are invited to attend this public hearing. Verbal and written comments from the public regarding this project are requested and may be presented for a period of 10 business days following the hearing. Written comments may be submitted either in person or by mail to the TxDOT District Office, Director of Project Development, P.O. Box 1386, Houston, Texas 77251, or emailed to HOU-PIOWebmail@txdot.gov. Comments must be received or postmarked on or before May 19, 2016, in order to become part of the official hearing record.

The Public Hearing will be conducted in English. Persons interested in attending the hearing that have special communication or accommodation needs, or need an interpreter, are encouraged to contact the TxDOT District Public Information Officer at (713) 802-5076. Requests should be made at least two business days before the hearing. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate these needs.

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by TxDOT pursuant to

23 U.S.C. § 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 16, 2014, and executed by the FHWA and TxDOT.