The TxDoT El Paso District will hold a public hearing for a project to improve Loop 375 (Purple Heart Memorial Highway) from Spur 601 (Liberty Expressway) to US 62/180 (Montana Avenue).
According to TxDoT officials, the proposed project is intended to improve mobility and reduce congestion by widening Loop 375 from the existing four-lane facility to a six-lane facility (three lanes in each direction), with three-lane frontage roads on either side of Loop 375 and a hike and bike trail along the southbound Loop 375 Frontage Road.
Plans also include improvements to the Loop 375 and Spur 601 intersections with the construction of three direct connectors. The work will stretch approximately 5.3 miles along Loop 375 and 0.1 mile along Spur 601.
“These changes will not only improve mobility for a growing part of East El Paso, but will also help support any development on Fort Bliss and include Post specific needs, such as a tank crossing,” said TxDOT El Paso District Engineer Bob Bielek. “The current infrastructure on Loop 375 lacks sufficient capacity to accommodate projected growth and traffic flow.”
The public hearing will be on Tuesday, August 28, at the R.E.L. Washington Elementary School Gymnasium at 3505 Lee Trevino Drive. Displays will be available for viewing at 6 p.m., during the open house portion of the meeting, followed by the formal presentation at 7 p.m. and a public comment period.
Unlike a public meeting, a public hearing is held after project location and design studies are developed and are held to gather community comments from all interested parties for the official public record prior to a final decision.
“We encourage people to come out and find out more about the project and get details on different phases of the planned improvements ahead of construction starting,” Bielek added.
The hearing will be conducted in English, and a Spanish interpreter will be present. Persons interested in attending the hearing who have special communication or accommodation needs are encouraged to contact TxDOT El Paso District Public Affairs Officer Jennifer Wright at (915) 790-4200.
Requests should be made at least five (5) working days prior to the hearing. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate these needs.