TxDOT seeks public input on corridor

An Odessa District of the Texas Department of Transportation press release detailed that a virtual public meeting has been scheduled regarding proposed improvements to Highway 176 in Andrews County.

The virtual public meeting is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 20. Following the virtual public meeting, the presentation will remain available for viewing through Nov. 5.

The proposed project stretches along Highway 176 from Farm-to-Market Road 1788 east of the city of Andrews to near the New Mexico state line. It does not include the urban area of the city of Andrews.

The proposal consists of the following:

>> Widen this portion of Highway 176 and make it a four-lane divided highway with two lanes in each direction as well as both inside and outside shoulders;

>> Include a wide center median and/or barrier; and

>> Provide median openings as needed based on traffic data.

The proposed project is approximately 40 miles long, with 33 miles being west of Andrews and 7 miles being east of Andrews. It has not been determined how much additional right of way may be required or whether the project will involve construction in wetlands or floodplains.

To log into the virtual public meeting, go to www.txdot.gov and keyword search “SH 176 West.” The online meeting room will open at 5 p.m. Oct. 20 and be available through Nov. 5. The meeting will consist of a virtual room and will include both audio and visual components. The virtual public meeting webpage will feature maps and exhibits for the public to review and comment on. The public may submit comments using any of the following methods:

>> Online comment form found at www.txdot.gov, keyword search “SH 176 West”.

>> Map found within virtual public meeting room.

>> Email: [email protected].

>> Mail comment form to: Garver, Attn: SH 176 West, 500 W. Seventh St., Suite 803, Fort Worth, TX, 76102.

Comments must be received or postmarked by Nov. 5, 2021, to be included in the official record of this virtual public meeting.

Following the virtual public meeting, TxDOT will consider public input received, collect and analyze additional data, develop improvement options, and may request additional public input at future public meetings. TxDOT is committed to developing this project in collaboration with the community in a way that meets the project goals while minimizing community impacts.

This project is in the planning stage. No construction funding or construction timeline has been established yet.