TxDOT is planning improvements for the widening of I-35 from FM 3002 in Cooke County, Texas to mile marker 3 in Love County, Oklahoma. Planned improvements include updating the roadway to current design standards and providing congestion relief for expected future traffic increases.
As part of the planning process, TxDOT is conducting an environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed widening and realignment of I-35 from the south Cooke County line to mile marker 3 in Love County, Oklahoma. An EA is a report that documents the existing social, economic and environmental conditions, assesses effects of the proposed alternative and identifies potential mitigation. The EA will also evaluate the effects of a no-build alternative.
The 24-mile project extending from FM 3002 to mile marker 3 in Oklahoma includes:
Public involvement last occurred with an open house on Feb. 5, 2015. Attendees were invited to review the purpose and need for the project, review evaluation and screening of alternatives, review a preliminary schematic of the Preferred Build Alternative and to provide input.
TxDOT is working with Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. to conduct the EA. Once the Federal Highway Administration approves the Draft EA, a public hearing will occur to solicit comments from the public. A Final EA addressing all comments will be prepared with an expected Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). This process is expected to be complete by mid-2016.
Funding is available for planning and study development only. Construction is not funded at this time.