Purpose: The Texas Department of Transportation’s Laredo District in cooperation with the Laredo Metropolitan Planning Organization, is proposing to construct a project on a section of FM 1472 (also known as Mines Road) in northern Laredo, Webb County.

TxDOT is offering the opportunity to request a public hearing covering the social, economic and other environmental effects of the proposed widening of northbound FM 1472. This approximately 1.05-mile-long project would widen the northbound portion of FM 1472 from Killam Industrial Blvd. to approximately 0.3 mile north of Muller Memorial Blvd.   

Description: The proposed work would take place on the northbound side of FM 1472. Improvement would include adding an additional 12-foot-wide travel lane, an outside shoulder, curb and gutter, and a 6-foot-wide sidewalk on the northbound side of FM 1472.  

This proposed project would only involve widening the northbound side of FM 1472. The existing signalized intersections at Killam Industrial Blvd., Interamerica Blvd. and Muller Blvd., along with their associated 12-foot-wide left turn lanes located within the proposed project area would remain unchanged with the exception of replacing the existing asphalt with concrete. This project would not require any new additional right of way (ROW) or easements and would take place entirely within the existing FM 1472 ROW. During construction, this proposed project will continue to have two travel lanes opened to traffic during entire construction period.

There would be no changes to access to adjacent properties or side streets from the existing situation and there would be no business or residential displacements or relocations. Based on all technical reports conducted for this project, this proposed project will not directly or indirectly negatively affect any floodplains, wetlands, streams, aquifers, other natural resources, noise quality or air quality. This work would not negatively impact persons in the Laredo community or neighborhoods in the project area. Due to these factors, TxDOT has determined that there would be no measurable negative impacts to the human or natural environment but would provide a much improved travel corridor in northern Laredo.

Project maps, drawings, schedules and environmental studies and technical reports regarding this project that are recorded in the official project file are available for public inspection and review at the TxDOT Laredo District Office at 1817 Bob Bullock Loop, Laredo during normal business days and hours of operation (Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For questions on the project, please contact the TxDOT Laredo District Environmental Specialist at (956) 712-7445. The TxDOT Laredo District and Area Office staff will be glad to discuss this project with any interested person(s).

Any citizen may request a public hearing by submitting a written request to the address provided below in this notice. The deadline for submitting a request for a public hearing is 5 p.m. on June 15, 2016.

Texas Department of Transportation – Laredo District
Attn: Chris Kloss – Laredo District Environmental Specialist
1817 Bob Bullock Loop
Laredo, Texas  78043

The environmental review, consultation and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by TxDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 16, 2014, and executed by FHWA and TxDOT.

Contact: TxDOT Laredo District
1817 Bob Bullock Loop
Laredo, TX 78043

(956) 712-7416