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Texas Department of Transportation - Beaumont
8350 Eastex Freeway
City of Mont Belvieu
SH 146 Access Management
From IH 10 to Lynchburg Canal. Approximately 5.8 miles total in length.
As the City of Mont Belvieu continues to grow in population as expected, SH 146 will experience heavier traffic and congestion. SH 146 is a primary gateway into the City of Mont Belvieu and a critical economic corridor, serving many businesses and industrial centers. The SH 146 corridor includes 123 access points and a lack of channelization with a lane configuration of five lanes with a continuous left-turn lane throughout the corridor. The roadway often collects dust from adjacent industrial centers and associated trucks, creating visibility and sight distance issues. Trucks account for a large percentage of the traffic on the corridor, and the lack of a roadway edge along portions of SH 146 can lead to stopped vehicles impeding traffic and creating additional safety hazards. Access management will allow SH 146 to accommodate the expected growth in a safe and efficient manner and address these issues.
The access management recommendations are derived from the previous SH 146 Corridor Revitalization Plan. In addition to improving the appearance of the corridor, it is proposed to close 26 driveways along SH 146 and construct a raised median throughout the corridor. The consolidation of driveways is intended to maintain access to all businesses and industrial centers along the corridor. The raised median would replace the existing two-way left-turn lane. Sidewalks are proposed to be constructed in conjunction with the raised median to provide safe passage for pedestrians along the corridor.
Given the anticipated population and economic growth within the City of Mont Belvieu, SH 146 will remain a critical major arterial for the city. The reduction of driveways and the added raised median will reduce the number of access points along SH 146, thus reducing the number of conflict points and left-turn movements along the corridor. The consolidation effort is expected to improve the efficiency and safety of the roadway. The addition of sidewalks will enhance safety for pedestrians along the corridor.
Less than $100 million
(Manage) Access Management/Safety/Grade Separations
View Uploaded File: Letters of Funding Commitment and Support.pdf
Categorical Exclusion (CE)
C-22: Projects taking place entirely within the existing operational right-of-way.
View Uploaded File: Pre-App 7. Project Development-Readiness--Project Schedule.pdf
The attached figure, referenced from the SH 146 Corridor Revitalization Plan report, shows a section of the SH 146 corridor with the proposed improvements including a raised median. The access management improvements are derived from the SH 146 Corridor Revitalization Plan, seen at the following link: http://www.montbelvieu.net/DocumentCenter/View/1119
View Uploaded File: Pre-App 8. Project Development-Readiness--Raised Median Figure.png
View Uploaded File: Pre-App 1. Map Location--SH 146.pdf
View Uploaded File: Pre-App 1. Project Budget--SH 146.pdf
View Uploaded File: Benefit Spreasheet 1. Benefit Cost Analysis--Safety Benefits.xlsx
View Uploaded File: Benefit Spreasheet 2. Benefit Cost Analysis--Delay Benefits.xlsx
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View Uploaded File: AM App 6. Other Investment--LOTTR Estimation.xlsx
The highway LOS is expected to see the most benefit from the proposed access management project. The addition of a raised median will channelize both directions of SH 146 and provide smoother traffic flow and safer turning maneuvers. The bike/pedestrian LOS is expected to improve with the addition of sidewalks on either side of SH 146.
State Highway 146 Subregional Plan prepared for H-GAC and adopted on 6/25/18.
Houston-Galveston Area Council