FM 70/SH 286—TxDOT Corpus Christi District
Client: TxDOT Corpus Christi District
Services: Feasibility Study, Schematics, Environmental and PS&E
Anticipated Project Cost: $43 million
Anticipated Completion Date: 2022
Location: Nueces County, Texas
Traffic Engineering—TxDOT Statewide (April 2018)
Tim Newton, PE will lead the Jones|Carter team as Project Manager on the widening and expansion of FM 70/SH 286 through Nueces County. The project limits are from US 77 to SH 286 covering more than 20 miles on FM 70 and approximately 4 miles along SH 286. Both roads are part of the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Tropical Trail.
The J|C team is eager to begin work on this project. Our highest priority is to ensure the safety of the traveling public. We will be diligent in our approach to mitigating any safety concerns. Collected data reveals that crashes are more frequent than the state average on this roadway. Drainage is also a concern as the road often overtops and becomes impassable when there are heavy storms in the area. Accessibility on this road is crucial as it is the hurricane evacuation route for Nueces County.
J|C will begin by conducting initial feasibility studies to determine necessary engineering elements to improve the corridor. Once conceptual designs are approved, the team will move to the final design and construction phases of the project.
Public Involvement will be a critical part of this process as several family farms and ranches, a local oil refinery, and the Historic Chapman Ranch are all within project limits. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process will be utilized to minimize impacts to local cultural and natural resources during improvements.
We will continue to update the information of this project as it moves forward. Check back with us to watch it unfold.
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