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SWG-2016-00245 - Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)-Beaumont District - waters of the US, including Adams Bayou, Little Cypress Bayou, Flood Conveyance (under Sabine River relief bridge) - Orange County, Texas

Published Nov. 10, 2020
Expiration date: 12/14/2020

Public Notice          Project Plans

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  The applicant proposes to permanently fill, remove by grading, or permanently impact by clearing a total of 1.09 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands, 7.14 acres of palustrine forested wetlands, and 0.02 acres of waters of the US for the purpose of improving Interstate Highway (IH) 10 from Farm-to-Market 3247 eastward to the Sabine River Bridge, near the Texas/Louisiana state line.  All work will occur within the existing TxDOT right-of-way (ROW).  The overall improvement project includes two separate construction undertakings (CSJ 0028-14-108 and CSJ 0028-14-091), both located within the transportation corridor identified as the project area.

CSJ 0028-14-108 is currently under construction and involves reconstructing the main travel lanes of the four-lane freeway; removing the center vegetated median; replacing the IH 10 bridges over State Highway 87 and Business US Highway 90 and reconstructing those interchanges; replacing the two existing bridges at Little Cypress Bayou with a new single bridge; and making utility line improvements.  The freeway completed for the CSJ 0028-14-108 undertaking will have four 12-foot-wide travel lanes with 10-foot-wide inside and outside shoulders.  A concrete median barrier will separate the eastbound and westbound travel lanes.

CSJ 0028-14-091 has not commenced.  It involves the widening of IH 10 from a four-lane freeway to a six-lane freeway between the project limits.  The completed freeway will have six 12-foot-wide travel lanes with 10-foot-wide inside and outside shoulders and a concrete barrier separating eastbound and westbound travel lanes.  The project includes widening the existing Adams Bayou mainlane bridges to accommodate the additional travel lanes, removing the Adams Bayou frontage road bridges, and installing flood gauges on the existing turnarounds on each side of Adams Bayou.  Entrance ramps east and west of Adams Bayou will be relocated to improve safety and maintain access during flooding events.  Additionally, the Sabine River relief bridge (Flood Conveyance) will be replaced.  Both the eastbound and westbound bridges will have three 12-foot-wide travel lanes.  The eastbound bridge will have 10-foot-wide inside and outside shoulders.  The westbound bridge will have one 12-foot-wide acceleration lane, a 10-foot-wide inside shoulder, and a 6-foot-wide outside shoulder.

The overall project, including both construction undertakings, will result in discharge of materials and other work in waters of the US necessary to accommodate the proposed roadway improvements.  Activities include clearing, grading, construction of embankments, equipment access, and the expansion and removal of existing bridges, as well as, the construction of new bridges.