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Texas Department of TransportationCorpus Christi District Harbor Bridge Project U.S. 181 (Harbor Bridge)/SH 286 (Crosstown Expressway) Citizens Advisory Committee Meetings October 22-23, 2007
Welcome Victor Vourcos, P.E. Harbor Bridge Project Manager Texas Department of Transportation Corpus Christi District Office
Today’s Agenda • Review the extended Harbor Bridge project and study limits • Review status of Harbor Bridge project • Discuss alternative alignments with preliminary right-of-way footprints • Discuss alternatives evaluation matrix • Discuss next steps in the project
Extension of Harbor Bridge Project and Study Limits FHWA Decision in late 2006 • FHWA directed TxDOT to extend limits of project to include improvements on SH 286 (Crosstown Expressway) south to South Padre Island Dr (SPID) • Extension includes improvements on I-37 from Staples Street to Shoreline Blvd. • Extended limits allow for consideration of tolling strategies on SH 286 south to SH 358 (SPID)
Extension of Harbor Bridge Project and Study Limits • Project Construction Limits – Area where construction would occur and may include additional right of way • Study Limits – Area that may be indirectly affected by the project; no construction would occur and no right-of-way would be acquired.
Harbor Bridge Project Status Summary of Project Phases Phase I Feasibility Study Completed in June 2003 Phase II Schematic and Environmental Documentation Current phase for the Harbor Bridge should be completed in 2009 Phase III Right-of-way map preparation and ROW acquisition for the preferred alternative Estimated completion: 2012 Phase IV Secure funding and construct project
Harbor Bridge Project Status Environmental Documentation • Revised Notice of Intent published in Federal (3/20/07) and Texas (4/6/07) Registers • Revised socio-economic environment draft section for extended limits • Submitted draft Historic Resources Survey Report for original project limits and revised report for extended project limits • Coordinated with the City of Corpus Christi concerning project effects on parks and other City facilities
Harbor Bridge Project Status Environmental Documentation (cont.) • Revised environmental constraint maps to include extended project limits • Completed socioeconomic analysis for environmental justice issues • Completed some baseline chapters of Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Harbor Bridge Project Status Environmental Documentation (cont.) • Need and Purpose revised to address new project and study limits • Identifies need for SH 286 Roadway Improvements • Addresses consideration of tolling options including managed lanes for SH 286 and US 181 (Harbor Bridge) • Addresses economic development • Considers no-build option
Harbor Bridge Project Status Public Involvement Activities • CAC meetings (Corpus Christi and Portland) Mar 2006 • Newsletter #2 Apr 2006 • Public Meeting Apr 2006 • Meetings with neighborhood groups adjacent to SH 286 (Crosstown Expressway): • April 24, 2007 – Kelsey Memorial United Methodist Church • April 25, 2007 – Boys and Girls Club • Newsletter #3 May 2007 • Agency and public scoping meetingsMay 2007 • CAC meetings (Corpus Christi and Portland)Oct 2007
Harbor Bridge Project Status Schematic Development • Established alternative alignments within red and orange corridors: north, south, east • Developed typical cross-sections to accommodate future travel demand (US 181 (Harbor Bridge), SH 286, I-37) • Developed preliminary right-of-way footprints– allows for determination of displacements, relocations and effects on other resources
Project Schedule • Complete Revised Need and Purpose – Fall 2007 • Revise schematics for new project limits – Fall 2007 • Hold CAC meeting – Fall 2007 • Hold public meeting – Spring 2008 • Complete draft EIS – Fall 2008 • Hold Public Hearing – 2009 • Complete final EIS/Record of Decision – 2009 • Acquire right-of way – 2009 – 2012 • Construction – Depends on availability of funding
Development of Alternative Alignments • Project limits extended south and east • Project divided into segments: north, south and east based on two of the original corridors. • Multiple alternatives developed for the south and east areas in addition to the previously identified red and orange corridor locations • Developed typical cross-sections to accommodate future travel demand (US 181-Harbor Bridge, SH 286, I-37) • Potential right-of-way footprints identified
Development of Alternative Alignments Break for review of schematics • Proposed access points • Potential right-of-way impacts • Proposed typical roadway cross-sections
Alternatives Evaluation Why a Matrix? • Allow comparison of alternatives • Look at effects of alternatives on environmental/socioeconomic issues • Quantify potential effects • Compare engineering issues associated with alternatives
Next Steps Public Involvement Activities • Additional meetings of Citizens’ Advisory Committees in 2008 and 2009 • Public Meeting in Spring 2008 • Newsletters • Website with continuously updated information • Neighborhood meetings as requested • Publish draft EIS for public review in Fall 2008 • Public Hearing in 2009
Next Steps Value Engineering Workshop • Allows TxDOT/consultants not associated with project to review proposed Harbor Bridge Project • Project will be reviewed to determine feasibility and areas where resources can be used most efficiently • To be held in late 2007/early 2008
Public Meeting • Location • Information to be covered • Your ideas?
Contact information Victor Vourcos, P.E. TxDOT Project Manager TxDOT Corpus Christi District 1701 S. Padre Island Drive Corpus Christi, Texas 78469-9907 Phone: 361-808-2378 www.harborbridgeproject.com