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Loop 1604 SH 151 Underpass Presentation


The public presentation made on November 18, 2010 at the Loop 1604 at SH 151 Underpass Public Meeting and Open House.

The public presentation made on November 18, 2010 at the Loop 1604 at SH 151 Underpass Public Meeting and Open House.

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  • 1. Loop 1604 at SH 151 Underpass
  • 2. Purpose of tonight’s presentation and meeting Present information on the proposed Loop 1604 at SH 151 underpass project Present results of recent environmental study conducted on the proposed improvements 2
  • 3. Existing Condition 3
  • 4. 4 What is being proposed?  The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority (Alamo RMA), in conjunction with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), is proposing to construct an underpass linking Alamo Ranch Parkway with SH 151, under Loop 1604.
  • 5. 5
  • 6. Proposed Improvements include On Loop 1604  Construction of two bridges for the northbound and southbound Loop 1604 main lanes, providing a grade separated overpass of SH 151  Approaches to these new bridges would be overlaid with asphalt and new pavement markings would be applied  Southbound main lanes of Loop 1604 would be saw cut and widened to width of 4ft to 12ft for a distance of 600ft to align with the proposed bridges 6
  • 7. Proposed Improvements include On SH 151  Eastbound and westbound main lanes of SH 151 would be extended approximately 0.75 miles to the west, passing beneath the Loop 1604 main lanes and connecting with Alamo Ranch Parkway  Widening SH 151 is proposed for approximately 1500 ft to add an auxiliary lane for westbound traffic passing Wiseman Blvd. This widening would maintain the existing two lane exit ramp to northbound Loop 1604  Overlaying the asphalt in this area and applying new pavement marking would be included in this project 7
  • 8. Proposed Typical Section - SH 151 at Loop 1604 8
  • 9. Proposed Improvements include At Alamo Ranch Parkway and SH 151  The existing non signalized “T” intersection would be reconstructed with an at-grade signalized intersection just west of the Loop 1604 at SH 151 underpass  Turn movements between Loop 1604 and Alamo Ranch Parkway / SH 151 would be facilitated through the proposed at-grade intersection 9
  • 10. Alamo Ranch Parkway at SH 151 – Proposed 10
  • 11. Proposed Improvements include Drainage Improvements  Proposed improvements include constructing a box culvert under SH 151 approximately 600 ft east of Loop 1604  This project would connect two existing box culverts, eliminate the existing earthen channel, and construct 1900 ft of storm sewer on SH 151  Two additional box culverts are proposed to drain runoff from the east side of Loop 1604, crossing under 1604 main lanes to tie into the existing box culverts on the west side of Loop 1604 main lanes 11
  • 12. Were other alternatives to the proposed underpass examined? 12
  • 13. Alternatives No Build – A no build option was considered in which no improvements would be made to the Loop 1604 at SH 151 area. This alternative would see safety and mobility continue to decline as the area continues to grow. Overpass – This option would have constructed SH 151 and Alamo Ranch Parkway higher than currently exists, resulting in an approximately 50 ft retaining wall to be constructed, precluding the desired access to and from Alamo Ranch Parkway. 13
  • 14. What are the potential environmental impacts of the proposed improvements? 14
  • 15.  The proposed project requires no new right of way or easements  No impact to historical or archeological resources  No impact to social and environmental justice populations 15
  • 16. Air Quality Air Quality – Currently Bexar County is classified as being in attainment status of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, and as such, a transportation conformity analysis of this project is not required Mobile Source Air Toxics, Carbon Monoxide Traffic Air Quality Analysis and Construction Emissions were also examined and found to have no effect on the proposed improvements. 16
  • 17. Noise Noise analysis was conducted in accordance with FHWA Regulation 23 CFR 772 “Procedures for Abatement of Highway Traffic Noise and Construction Noise” and TxDOT’s 1996 Guidelines for Analysis and Abatement of Highway Traffic Noise (revised 1997) Based on the analysis conducted, it is not anticipated that this project would result in increased traffic noise requiring any additional noise abatement 17
  • 18. Water Resources The proposed improvements: Are not located over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge or Contributing Zones  Are not within a 100 year floodplain  Will include five or more acres of earth disturbance and will comply with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Construction General Permit, as well as the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan 18
  • 19. Natural Environment Vegetation - Approximately 24 acres of vegetation which include 4.9 acres of mature woody vegetation, and grasses, would be permanently impacted by the proposed project TxDOT will coordinate with the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife for the removal of mature woody vegetation Special habitat features would not be impacted (temporarily or permanently) during construction 19
  • 20. Natural Environment Endangered Species - The Alamo RMA conducted informal consultation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service on March 19, 2010 and September 15, 2010 regarding the design and footprint of the proposed project in accordance with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act 20
  • 21. Endangered Species Black -capped Vireo – No potential habitat was found within the Right of Way or a 300 ft buffer from the Right of Way for the Black-capped Vireo Golden- cheeked Warbler – Potential habitat was identified within existing Right of Way and within a 300 ft buffer from the Right of Way, but this potential habitat is fragmented, and with urbanization in the area, and the size of the patch of potential habitat, it is not likely to be suitable habitat for the Golden-cheeked Warbler 21
  • 22. Endangered Species – Birds Two years of presence absence surveys have been conducted (2009 and 2010) – and neither endangered species has been observed during this time, in this proposed project area Therefore, in regards to the two endangered birds discussed, this project would not affect either species 22
  • 23. Endangered Species – Karst Invertebrates  Karst invertebrate habitat surveys and background research identified 22 potential karst features in this area  Four were not available for excavation  Four were within the 500 ft buffer zone on properties were access was not granted  Three were determined to not be karst features  One was determined to no longer exist  10 remaining could be accessed and were evaluated using standard methods 23
  • 24. Endangered Species – Karst Invertebrates Of the 10 able to be accessed and evaluated:  9 warranted excavation, and  2 of those areas excavated warranted biological surveys  Of those 2 areas – one was determined to be a karst feature with no karst invertebrate habitat 24
  • 25. Endangered Species – Karst Invertebrates The second feature had karst invertebrate habitat (1604-F019 ) This cave, Clandestine Cupola Cave, was found to have six cave adapted species Of the species found, one specimen is believed to be an unlisted blind cave spider. However, because genetic data do not exist for the federally listed and protected species, it is possible that the spider found could be Circuina venii, a federally listed species Therefore, based on this data, it is possible the project may affect, but is not likely to adversely affect, Circuina venii Work for the proposed project is not anticipated to impact this cave or its drainage area. 25
  • 26. Cumulative and Indirect Impacts Based on June 2009 guidance for indirect and cumulative impact, the proposed project is not anticipated to cause any indirect or cumulative impacts All future projects on Loop 1604 will be evaluated for indirect and cumulative analysis based on the respective project and level of analysis 26
  • 27. Funding for the Proposed Project The proposed project is included within the San Antonio Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization plans, and has been approved for Strategic Priority “Category 12” funds from the Texas Department of Transportation The project construction cost is approximately $18,000,000 The project is proposed, if environmental clearance is received, to be submitted for bids in May 2011 with an estimated completion of construction in March 2013 27
  • 28. Comments tonight To submit comments tonight for inclusion in the official record of this public meeting / open house  Fill out a comment card  Speak with the Court Reporter 28
  • 29. Comments after you leave To submit comments on the proposed project, after tonight: Email By Mail: Loop 1604 Underpass Alamo RMA 1222 N. Main Avenue, Ste 1000 San Antonio, Texas 78212 Fax: 210-495-5403 Comments must be received by November 30, 2010 at 5 p. m. 29
  • 30. Loop 1604 at SH 151 Underpass