By Chris Edwards
BEAUMONT – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has a series of pre-recorded presentations available on its website, TxDOT.gov, which update residents in the region on the US 69 Corridor “Gateway to the Big Thicket” project.
The Beaumont District for TxDOT announced on Tuesday that it posted the presentations, which are available in English and Spanish, to share the approved details of a 13-mile stretch of US 69 that is part of the project, which goes from FM 1943 in Warren to FM 1003, which is north of Kountze.
According to a news release from TxDOT, those who wish to view the presentations only need to visit the agency’s website, located at www.txdot.gov, and use the search term “US 69 Corridor Gateway to the Big Thicket” to find them.
TxDOT’s timetable for the project has the bidding process beginning in September of next year, and according to TxDOT, it does not anticipate making any further project changes.
Some of the aspects of the project include:
•Enhancement of landscaping and added signage at Village Creek in lieu of an aesthetic bridge feature due to funding.
•TxDOT providing a standard trail bridge in lieu of an arched trail bridge, due to rising material costs.
•TxDOT will provide nine monuments at key locations to communicate the significance of the US 69 corridor; quantity and size of monuments have been reduced given rising material costs.
•In keeping with the revised TxDOT Design Manual to clear obstacles in the right of way, such as landscaping, TxDOT will clear the median and portions of the right of way removing trees and shrubbery. TxDOT recommends a roadside free of unyielding obstacles including landscaping for increased safety and reduce the extent of damage and injury of single vehicle, run-off-the-road crashes.
According to the presentation, no additional right of way is needed for any of the changes described above.
For public comment for the upcoming TxDOT meeting, comments can be sent by mail, if they are postmarked on or before Tuesday, Nov. 8, to be a part of the official meeting record.
They can be mailed to: TxDOT Project Manager, 8350 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, TX 77708. Also: voicemails can be left until 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 8 at 409-209-2240.