Overview of the study
TxDOT, in coordination with the City of Lampasas, is conducting a feasibility study to explore a potential escape route around Lampasas. The relief route would give people the ability to move around the city.
The relief route study boundaries would connect US 281, US 183, and US 190 on the south side of Lampasas to US 281 and US 183/US 190 on the north side of Lampasas. The aim of the relief route is to help reduce traffic congestion, improve safety and improve mobility.
What is a feasibility study?
As part of the overall planning process, a feasibility study will help identify the purpose and need for a proposed relief road project to determine if it is environmentally and/or financially feasible. This early planning process can assess the feasibility of the project before initiating the formal national environmental policy law process. During the feasibility phase, an estimate of the cost and the width of the right-of-way will be provided. The construction schedule is not yet known.
Feasibility studies involve public participation throughout. The studies assess the current and projected population, traffic growth and general needs in the area. As part of the study, goals and objectives will be established and routing options will be identified and evaluated. The study will conclude with the identification of a preferred local option. If the option is determined to be feasible, a final alignment will be developed later through the engineering and NEPA processes.
Currently, US 281, US 183, and US 190 traffic passes through the middle of Lampasas. One of the main objectives of the study is to allow future through traffic, including trucks, to avoid the center of Lampasas while minimizing impacts on adjacent properties, railways, public services and the environment.
The three US highways: 281, 183 and 190 pass through downtown Lampasas. Discussions on a possible back-up route have been ongoing with the city of Lampasas for several years. As traffic volumes and congestion continue to increase, the need for an emergency road has become a significant safety and quality of life issue for the community. Lampasas and its surroundings are a hotspot for recreational activities which significantly increase traffic in the city on weekends. Lampasas is also feeling the effects of a growing population in the Austin and Copperas Cove/Killeen metro areas with an increase in travelers and trucks providing services and goods across the city.
The study began in May 2022 and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2023. If the study concludes that a relief route is feasible, further work will be required on the preliminary design, right-of-way requirements, study environment and funding prior to a final decision of relief route.
TxDOT is planning three open house opportunities during this early planning phase:
- The first Lampasas Relief Road Open Day on June 28, 2022 will examine a large study area around Lampasas and the public will provide information on potential road locations, as well as areas to avoid.
- A second open house will be scheduled for November 2022 to showcase potential escape route options based on feedback from the first public meeting.
- A third open house will be scheduled for March 2023 to present a recommended route, based on improvements developed through analysis and public feedback.
TxDOT Brownwood District
2495 Route 183 N.
Brownwood, Texas 76802