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TxDOT takes comments on FM 723 project

September 17, 2018

People who missed the recent state hearing on proposed widening of FM 723 between FM 1093 and Rosenberg still have time to comment on the road project.

People can comment on or before Sept. 21 to be part of the official hearing record. Comments may be sent by mail to the TxDOT Houston District Office, P.O. Box 1386, Houston, Texas 77251-1386. Mail must be postmarked by Sept. 21. People can also email hou-piowebmail@txdot.gov to send their comments.

The Sept. 6 Texas Department of Transportation hearing drew 150 people to Briscoe Junior High School in Richmond, said Deidrea George, TxDOT spokeswoman. The department received 24 written comments and 13 verbal comments.

Proposed improvements to FM 723 from Avenue D in Rosenberg south to the Brazos River bridge include widening the road from two to four 11-foot lanes (two lanes in each direction) and adding a 5.5-foot sidewalk on both sides of the road. The Brazos River bridge would be unchanged.

North of the Brazos River, the proposed improvements would widen the road from two to four 12-foot lanes (two lanes in each direction). Added would be 6-foot sidewalks on both sides, 12-foot shoulders and an 18-foot raised median with intermittent median openings and left-turn lanes.

The proposed project would require 100 acres of additional right of way and would require one displacement of a utility building. The proposed project would not require the displacement or partial acquisition of any commercial or residential structure, according to TxDOT officials.

“FM 723 is a major thoroughfare within Fort Bend County which has experienced an increase in population over the past 20 years leading to an increase in vehicular traffic,” said George.

“The project will improve mobility through the area and accommodate existing and projected growth and also bring the roadway to current design standards between Avenue D and FM 1093,” she said, adding that the project is 9 miles long.

Construction is estimated to begin in 2020, she said. “Since the project has not been let and awarded to a contractor, we do not have a construction timeline. The project is currently funded and the estimated construction cost is $90 million.”

George identified the next steps as:

Consider the public hearing comments

Finalize the environmental analysis

An environmental decision

Begin right-of-way acquisition (there are no residential or business displacements for this project)

Complete the final design

karen.zurawski@chron.com

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