The public is invited to participate in a public hearing on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, to offer feedback on proposed future improvements for US 77 in Kleberg and Nueces counties in the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Corpus Christi Districtís FY 2011-2014 Rural Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP). The hearing will be held at the TxDOT Robstown Maintenance Office, 1750 US 77, Robstown, TX 78380. An open house beginning at 5:30 p.m. will precede the public hearing, which begins at 6 p.m.

The purpose of the hearing is to inform the public about adding the US 77 projects to the RTIP, that it is now funded, will go to construction in 2013 and to get their feedback. The proposed improvements will upgrade US 77 between Kingsville in Kleberg County and Driscoll in Nueces County from a four lane divided facility with at-grade intersections to a full interstate standard facility with overpasses. The projectís goal is intended to improve safety and mobility as well as foster economic development throughout South Texas. The total project is part of the overall US 77 upgrade from Corpus Christi to Harlingen. In some portions of the facility, only resurfacing of existing travel lanes will be required, while in other portions, four new main travel lanes and a frontage road will be required. The estimated construction cost of the US 77 improvements is $60 million.

The RTIP Amendment document is available for review at the TxDOT Corpus Christi District Office, the Corpus Christi and Alice Area Offices, and the Kingsville and Robstown Maintenance Offices. Written comments may be mailed to Paula Sales-Evans, P.E., Transportation Planning and Development Director, TxDOT-Corpus Christi District, 1701 South Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78416. Comments must be received by Monday, June 25, 2012 at 5 p.m.

The public hearings will be conducted in English, but some Spanish-speaking staff may be available for translation assistance. Persons interested in attending the meeting who have need of special accommodations are encouraged to contact the TxDOT-Corpus Christi District Public Information Office at 361.808.2481 at least three business days prior to the meeting. Every attempt will be made to provide reasonable accommodations. For more information, contact Paula Sales-Evans, P.E., at 361.808.2222 or Tom Tagliabue, at 361.808.2481.