|Proposed for I-45 Project: More Ramps, Access Frontage Road||ICON_SEP Print ICON_SEP|
|Written by Nicole Schaefer|
The I-45 Project in Fairfield is one step closer to coming to fruition. TxDOT Bryan District held an informational meeting for the public regarding this Project on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
During this meeting, personnel were on hand to show two proposed schematics for the I-45 reconstruction of access ramps.
Some of the main features of both plans include adding a Northbound exit ramp and Southbound entrance ramp at Church Street; adding frontage/access road between Church Street and Highway 84 northbound; making one-way frontage/access roads between Church Street and Highway 27; removing the northbound and southbound entrance ramps between Highways 84 & 27; and moving, elongating, and straightening all four existing exit ramps.
The only differences between the two proposed plans are that Plan 1 will include a traffic signal on both sides of I-45 at Highway 27 and stop signs on both sides of I-45 at Church Street; and Plan 2 would include roundabouts in place of those traffic lights and stop signs.
Many members of the community, including several business owners, were in attendance to learn about the possible changes.
By viewing maps of the proposed project, it does not appear that any existing business buildings or homes in the area will be affected; and the changes could potentially add more frontage road access property to bring in new businesses.
According to Allison Kurwitz, District Advanced Planning Engineer, and Bob Colwell, Public Information Officer, of the Bryan District Office, this meeting was an opportunity for TxDOT to get feedback from the community.
“There will be a review of all comments received from that meeting,” explains Kurwitz; “and possible changes will be made to the schematics before any final decisions are made.”
She goes on to say, “There is currently no funding for this project as yet, but if and when monies are allocated for the project, it would take about 18-24 months for the project to be completed once started.”
Below is a point-by-point breakdown of the two projected schematics.
Adding (both proposed plans)
--Northbound exit ramp at Church Street
--Frontage/Acess road between Church Street and Highway 84
--Southbound entrance ramp after Church Street
Removing (both proposed plans)
--Northbound and southbound entrance ramps between Highways 84 & 27
Changes to Existing (both proposed plans)
--Northbound exit ramp for Highway 84 will be elongated and straightened
--Northbound exit ramp for Highway 27 will be elongated and straightened
--Northbound entrance ramp north of Highway 27 will be elongated and straightened
--Southbound exit ramp for Highway 27 will be moved north near Diamond H Trailers
--Southbound exit ramp for Highway 84 will be elongated and straightened
--Southbound entrance ramp south of Highway 84 will be elongated and straightened
Additional (proposed plan 1)
--Traffic lights on both sides of the interstate at Highway 27
--Stop signs on both sides of the interstate at Church Street
--Frontage/Acess Roads on both side of the interstate will become one-way between Church Street and Highway 27
Additional (proposed plan 2)
--Roundabouts on both sides of the interstate at Church Street and Highway 27
--Access/Frontage Roads on both side of the interstate will become one-way between Church Street and Highway 27
To follow the progress of this project, visit TxDOT online at the following websites: http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/get-involved/about/hearings-meetings/bryan/022317.html or http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/bryan/i45-fairfield.html.
Information for those who have property that could potentially be affected by this project can be found online at www.txdot.gov or by contacting the Bryan District Office at 979-778-2165.