TxDOT will host a public scoping meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Norman Activity Center in Jacksonville, presenting information on proposed alternative routes for a US 69 Jacksonville Relief Route.

According to a release from the state agency, “TxDOT is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a US 69 relief route around Jacksonville. The come-and-go meeting will allow the public an opportunity to learn more about the EIS and the proposed project from TxDOT personnel and its consultants. Attendees can also provide much-needed feedback on the proposed route alternatives and get answers to their individual questions.”

The project will require the acquisition of new right-of-way, the release noted, “with limits from the existing U.S. Highway 69 at Loop 456, extending north around the west side of the city to US 69 near Love’s Lookout.”

The four-lane divided highway will help “improve safety, mitigate congestion, enhance mobility and provide an improved hurricane evacuation route,” and will employ grade separations at railroad crossings and other priority corridors, the release added.

The Norman Activity Center is located at 526 E. Commerce St. in Jacksonville.

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