Interstate Highway 10 (I-10) and US Highway 69 (US 69) are critical parts of the strategic freight network and hurricane evacuation capacity in Southeast Texas. The purpose of the project was to alleviate congestion, provide a more reliable transportation and evacuation route, and address safety, by reconstructing and expanding the intersection of these roadways in the city of Beaumont.
EPR was the Lead Environmental Consulting Firm, assisting the Texas Department of Transportation navigate the environmental review process by collecting and assessing data, developing technical reports, facilitating public involvement, coordinating with stakeholders and agencies, and drafting the Environmental Assessment (EA). The project team considered public and stakeholder input, environmental impacts, and preliminary design challenges of several proposed alternatives, including public concerns over impacts to the popular Maury Meyers Bridge.
To avoid project delays and unforeseen issues, EPR conducted early and continual coordination with multiple State and Federal agencies to acquire all necessary reviews and approvals, and secured a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) within 18 months.
This project will ensure the regional transportation network will continue to serve the community through future growth and natural disasters.