The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will conduct a Public Hearing regarding proposed roadway improvements to Interstate Highway (I) 30 from Bass Pro Drive in Dallas County to west of Farm-to-Market (FM) 2642 in Rockwall County, Texas. The purpose of the hearing is to present the planned improvements and to receive public comment on the proposed project.
The public hearing will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2019 in the Royse City High School Campus Cafeteria, located at 700 South FM 2642, Royse City, Texas 75189. Displays will be available for viewing at an Open House at 6 p.m. with the formal public hearing starting at 7 p.m.
The proposed improvements to I-30 include the reconstruction and/or widening of the highway from Bass Pro Drive in Dallas County to west of FM 2642 in Rockwall County, approximately 17 miles through the cities of Garland, Dallas, Rowlett, Rockwall, Mobile City, Fate, and Royse City. The purpose of the proposed project is to reduce traffic congestion and improve mobility in the project corridor.
Planned improvements include:
• From Bass Pro Drive to Horizon Road, widening the roadway to add shoulders along the existing four mainlanes (currently three lanes and one auxiliary lane in each direction).
• From Dalrock Road to SH 205, reconstructing and widening the six mainlanes (three lanes in each direction) to eight mainlanes (four lanes in each direction), and reconstructing the four-lane discontinuous frontage road (two lanes in each direction) to a six-lane continuous frontage road (three lanes in each direction), to include bicycle and pedestrian accommodations crossing Lake Ray Hubbard.
• From SH 205 to west of FM 2642 (Hunt County Line), reconstructing and widening the four mainlanes (two lanes in each direction) to six mainlanes (three lanes in each direction), and reconstructing the existing four-lane frontage road (two lanes in each direction).
• Other improvements include reconstructing the interchanges at Horizon Road, FM 548 and FM 35; constructing new interchanges at Ben Payne Road/Rochelle Road, Blackland Road, and Floyd Road (future Outer Loop); and associated ramp modifications.
Approximately 34.60 acres of new right-of-way (ROW) and 1.17 acres of permanent easements would be required to accommodate the proposed improvements, widening, ramps, and bridge structures. The new ROW required includes 19.41 acres of Lake Ray Hubbard ROW. Although additional ROW is required, no residential or non-residential structures would be displaced.
The proposed project is anticipated to be let for construction in September 2022 and will take approximately three years to construct. The estimated total cost for the project is $627 million.