On Thursday September 27, 2007 the Oklahoma Community and its neighbors attended a meeting at Bear Branch Junior High School to hear Texas DOT introduce their FM 2978 Project. This was reported in the Potpourri by Tana Ross .
From her report....
Michael Tello, a transportation engineer in charge of the multi-diagram presentation said the meeting was unique in that it was not a public hearing and there will not be any other meetings concerning the project until the required environmental document is approved.
"Nothing can be done until the environmental study is approved and that could take one and one-half to two years," he said. "We offered this meeting tonight, so a decision can be made concerning alignment and what route to take."
Tello also said a 20-year study of the roadway projects a 57 percent increase in traffic. The study Tello spoke of is an environmental impact study required by the National Environmental Policies act. PBS&J, an engineer consulting firm of Houston, has been contracted to complete the study.
A similar meeting will be held October 23 for discussion of proposed improvements to FM 2978, from FM 2920 to Dobbin Hufsmith Rd. The meeting will begin at 6 PM at Salem Lutheran Church, 22601 Lutheran Church Rd. in Tomball.
Attendees learned that the State would be purchasing either 30 feet on both sides or 60 feet on one side of the existing easement.
They heard this was to "improve" the road to four lanes with a divider in the middle. Again from the Potpourri....
"The central issue in the widening plans is right-of-way variances. ROW is a strip of land granted to build a public roadway. While TxDOT has committed to leaving the ROWs in the first section alone, it plans to use almost 40 acres along the less than six mile stretch to widen the road. And it is where this ROW acreage will be, that TxDOT offered options for last week."
FM 2978 proposed widening facts
Growth of the FM 2978 "race track" corridor is fueled by the urban encroachment from The Woodlands on the East, and Tomball from the South. A moratorium on Houston's annexation of it's extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) located inside The Woodlands expires in 2011. The moratorium was enacted by the State of Texas after Houston's annexation of the Kingwood development. The formation of an independent government by The Woodlands would require authorization by the State of Texas and the City of Houston.
Handlouts were provided at the Sept 27 meeting, including a Comment Form which is provided here as a PDF download file. Simply click the underlined link, download and print the form, and then mail it in to the DOT in Houston before October 12.
FM 2978: Dobbin Hufsmith to FM 1488
FM 2978: FM 2920 to Dobbin Hufsmith Road
If you have questions about the study, would like more information, or would like to add your name to the mailing list, contact our Houston District at (713) 802-5246 or:
Mr. James A. Roscher
PO Box 1386
Houston, TX 77251-1386