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TxDOT NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC HEARING PLEASANT RUN ROAD EAST OF SUNRISE ROAD TO WEST OF INTERSTATE HIGHWAY 45

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Published in The Ellis County Press two times on Thursdays, April 12 & 19, 2012

 

TxDOT NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC HEARING 

PLEASANT RUN ROAD EAST OF SUNRISE ROAD TO WEST OF INTERSTATE HIGHWAY 45

CITY OF WILMER, DALLAS COUNTY

CSJ:  0918-45-844

 

The Federal Highway Administration and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), in cooperation with the City of Wilmer, propose to widen Pleasant Run Road from two lanes to a four-lane divided roadway (ultimate six-lane section) with grade separation and connectors at Millers Ferry Road and Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) in the City of Wilmer.  The proposed project limits are east of Sunrise Road to west of Interstate Highway (IH) 45. The purpose of this notice is to allow any person an opportunity to request in writing that a public hearing be held to explain the social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed project.  

Pleasant Run Road, an urban minor arterial and designated truck route, would be realigned and widened in order to accommodate the ultimate six-lane grade separated structure over Millers Ferry Road and UPRR.  The proposed project would realign a portion of Pleasant Run Road approximately 185 feet to the south of the existing alignment and widen Pleasant Run Road from a two-lane undivided section to a four-lane urban section.  The proposed four-lane section would consist of 14-foot wide outside travel lanes, 12-foot wide inside travel lanes, and 30- to 40-foot wide median.  The wider outside lanes on Pleasant Run Road would provide a shared use lane for vehicles and bicycles.  The proposed project includes constructing an intersection at Wolf Creek Boulevard, connecting road to Millers Ferry Road, left turn lane on Millers Ferry Road at Wolf Creek Boulevard, and grade separation over Millers Ferry Road and UPRR. Six-foot wide sidewalks on the east side of Wolf Creek Boulevard and on both sides of Pleasant Run Road from Wolf Creek Boulevard to the west side of the IH 45 connector would accommodate pedestrian use.  

East of Wolf Creek Boulevard, Pleasant Run Road would transition from four lanes to a future six-lane grade separated structure over Millers Ferry Road and UPRR. This structure would provide 14-foot wide outside travel lanes and 12-foot wide inside travel lanes separated by a 6-foot wide raised median—with future possibilities to expand to six lanes.  Sidewalks approximately 6.5 feet wide, railing, and 8-foot high chain link fencing would be provided for motorists and pedestrian safety on the north and south sides of the proposed structure.

Approximately 17.2 acres of additional right-of-way (ROW) and 2.1 acres of easements are needed to accommodate the proposed improvements and project construction.  The proposed ROW acquisition would impact undeveloped property and commercial property in the project area.  No business or residential properties would be displaced. Most of the proposed project would be constructed with traffic utilizing the existing Pleasant Run Road. In locations where the proposed Pleasant Run Road overlaps the existing Pleasant Run Road, construction would be phased in order to maintain two lanes of traffic. The existing Pleasant Run Road section would be removed after the new section is constructed.  Finally, the proposed project is located within an area outside of the Cottonwood Creek 100-year floodplain and would not encroach on the floodplain or adversely affect wetlands. 

Information about the proposed project, schematic drawings, tentative schedule for completion, and the environmental document are available for inspection and copying at the TxDOT Dallas District Office, 4777 East Highway 80, Mesquite, Texas 75150 and City of Wilmer at 128 N. Dallas Avenue, Wilmer, Texas 75172.  If additional information is required regarding this project, please contact Robert Hall, P.W.S., C.F.M., in the TxDOT Dallas District Office at (214) 320-6157.

Any person may request that a public hearing be held to explain the social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed project by providing a written request on or before May 7, 2012, to the TxDOT Dallas District Office at 4777 East Highway 80, Mesquite, Texas 75150, Attn: Robert Hall, P.W.S, C.F.M.  In the event a public hearing is requested, one would be scheduled and notices would be published indicating the hearing date and location.

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