FM 2218 Roadway Widening

Most roadway improvement projects are pretty straightforward. Agencies routinely work in cooperation with private property owners when land is needed for new roads or widening projects, and rarely are public parks or historic properties affected.

In this situation, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) saw the need for improvements to a section of Farm to Market road 2218 to allow for growth in the city of Rosenburg, Texas. The current corridor was too narrow to bring the roadway to modern standards without affecting a privately-held historic farmstead built in the 1890’s and the City’s treasured Rosenberg Seabourne Creek Park.

The project required careful coordination with property owners, the City, and agencies, to find a common solution for community growth. EPR assisted TxDOT and the community navigate the assessment, public involvement process, and other agency requirements to protect these important historic and public resources. EPR worked closely with TxDOT and other agencies to prepare an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact, acquire all needed permits, and obtain approval under both the U.S. Department of Transportation Section 4(f) de minimis and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Chapter 26 regulations.

When built, the new roadway will increase roadway safety and accommodate population growth, while protecting valuable community resources.