The public is invited to a hearing where Texas Department of Transportation officials are presenting proposed improvements on Highway 146. 

An open house will start at 5 p.m. with the public hearing following at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 in the “new” McLeod Community Building, 10717 Langston Drive, Mont Belvieu.    

During the open house portion of the event, the public can view displays covering the proposed improvements. Once the public hearing begins, TxDOT officials will provide a formal presentation along with a comment period afterward. The purpose of the hearing is to present the planned improvements and to receive public comments on the proposed project. Comments must be received on or before Dec. 20 to be a part of the official hearing record.

The Highway 146 roadway extends from I-10 south to FM 1405 in a north-south, four-lane fashion with a two-way continuous left turn lane and open ditch drainage in western Chambers County. The highway crosses the eastern area of Baytown and the southern area of Mont Belvieu. It also consists of two 12-foot wide travel lanes with an eight-foot-wide shoulder in each direction, separated by a 16-foot wide two-way center turn lane.

The proposed project will enhance safety by implementing access management improvements as identified in the March 2018 SH 146 Subregional Plan conducted by the Houston-Galveston Area Council. HGAC is the metropolitan planning organization charged with developing transportation plans and programs for the eight-county Houston Galveston Regional Transportation Study area, which includes Chambers County.

The proposed project involves:

• Building a raised median to replace the two-way center turn lane, improving safety by reducing the number of conflict points and accidents

• Consolidating the number of median openings and restricting certain turning movements at traffic signals

• Adding “Michigan U-turns” at designated areas between the signalized intersections. This means left turns at these areas are not allowed. Instead, to turn left, you must drive straight or turn right, then make a U-turn at a median 

• Constructing a right-turn lane for the southbound Highway 146 traffic at the Devinwood Drive/Cedar Bluff Drive intersection for accessing Dr. Johnny T. Clark Jr. Elementary

• Adding a sidewalk on both sides of Highway 146 from the I-10 eastbound frontage road to Chambers Town Center

All work would occur within the existing 120-foot wide right of way. No additional right of way or easement is required; therefore, no displacements or relocations of residences or businesses are necessary.

Any environmental documentation or studies, maps showing the project location and design, tentative construction schedules, and other information regarding the project are on file and available for inspection from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the TxDOT Beaumont District Office, 8350 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont.

To schedule an appointment, call Sarah Dupre at 409-898-5745. This information will also be available for inspection at the public hearing. Additionally, any response to comments received will be on file and available for inspection once it has been prepared.

Project information can also be viewed by visiting https://www.txdot.gov and searching “SH 146 Chambers County.”

The public hearing is being conducted in English. Anyone interested in attending that require special communication or accommodation needs, or an interpreter, are encouraged to contact TxDOT’s Public Information Office at 409-898-5745. Requests should be made at least two days before the event. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate these needs.

If you have any general questions or concerns regarding the proposed project or the hearing, contact Larry Sheppard at 409-898-5732, or you can submit your comments by email to bmtprojects@txdot.gov.

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