During Monday night’s Mesquite City Council pre-meeting the council was briefed by the Texas Department of Transportation staff regarding the US Highway 80 Improvement Project.
According to TxDOT’s website, the proposed project would reconstruct and widen about 11 miles of US 80 to add an additional main lane in each direction, for a total of six to eight main lanes. The project also includes frontage road reconstruction with two to three travel lanes in each direction between I-30 and Lawson Road in Dallas County; continuous one-way frontage roads with two travel lanes in each direction between Lawson Road and FM 460 in Kaufman County; and reconstruction of ramps and bridge structures.
The proposed frontage road improvements would provide a 14-foot wide shared-use outside lane to accommodate vehicles and bicycles in each direction. A six-foot-wide sidewalk is also proposed along the frontage roads and at cross streets where reconstruction is proposed. The proposed right-of-way (ROW) typically ranges from 300 to 458 feet in width and widens up to 730 feet at interchanges with major cross streets and is approximately 2,000 feet wide at the I-635 interchange.
The proposed improvements would require approximately 25 acres of additional ROW and 0.2 acre of permanent easements. The proposed project would also displace four businesses – two fast food restaurants, a vacant office building, and a self-storage facility building.
There are five segments to the corridor; the first section goes from Lawson Road to FM 460, about 1.98 miles, according to Jae Baag, TxDOT Dallas District.
The total construction funding needed is $133 million; funded is $117 million and $16 million is unfunded.
“This project (Phase 1) is needed to meet future travel demands stemming from projected population growth and traffic volumes,” Baag said. “This project will improve mobility, bring the roadway up to current design standards, improve access to businesses along the corridor.”
The project includes the reconstruction and widening of US 80 from a four-lane divided section to a six- to eight-lane divided section; reconstruction of the I-635/US 80 connections; add continuous frontage roads along I-635 between Town Centre and Gross Road, and construction intersection improvements at the Town Centre and Gross Road intersection.
TxDOT will hold a public hearing and draft environmental assessment for this at the Mesquite Convention Center/Hampton Inn – Salon A, June 25. The public hearing portion begins at 7 p.m.