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TxDOT to host public hearing for State Highway 71

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TxDOT TO HOST PUBLIC HEARING FOR SH 71 FROM CR 206 TO SH 21 PROJECT

Improvements include removing signals from the mainlanes of SH 71 at FM 1209

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April 26, 2019

BASTROP – The Texas Department of Transportation will host a public hearing to discuss the proposed improvements to SH 71 from CR 206 to SH 21, on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bastrop Convention and Exhibit Center, 1408 Chestnut Street, Bastrop, TX 78602.

The hearing will begin with an open house at 5:30 p.m. followed by a formal presentation at 6:30 p.m. A public comment session will be held after the presentation.

The purpose of the proposed project is to address increased congestion on SH 71, while minimizing right-of-way, community and environmental impacts. The proposed project would include: 

  • Constructing new frontage roads
  • Adding a bridge on SH 71 over the FM 1209 intersection
  • Adding shared-use paths for bicycles and pedestrians on both sides of SH 71 and FM 1209
  • Improvements to FM 1209
  • Adding turnarounds to the intersection of SH 71 and FM 1209
  • Adding a turnaround to the intersection of SH 71 and SH 21
  • Adding an acceleration lane and improving deceleration lanes at the west median break

The project, with an estimated construction cost of $37.5 million, would improve safety and mobility for users of SH 71 by removing the traffic signal on the mainlanes. The proposed project is approximately 2.5 miles in length and requires approximately 32.5 acres of right of way near SH 71 from CR 206 to SH 21. It is anticipated that 7 residential properties and 25 non-residential properties could be impacted.

Displays will be available for review and staff will be present to answer questions at the open house portion of the hearing. Verbal and written comments from the public are requested. Those unable to attend the meeting in person can mail in their comments to the TxDOT Austin District, Attn: Giuly Caceres, P.E., P.O. Box 15426, Austin, Texas 78761-5426. For more information on the project, visit txdot.gov and use the keywords “SH 71 at FM 1209.” Written comments must be received by Wednesday, May 15, 2019 to be included in the public record for the hearing.