Update Thursday at 2:30 p.m with more information from TxDOT about the in-person meeting.

The Texas Department of Transportation will open a virtual public hearing on the proposed construction of a new Loop 288 segment from Interstate 35W to I-35. 

The presentation and other materials for the project will be available online at keepitmovingdallas.com/SL288 beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday and through 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 28. Individuals without internet access can call 214-320-6628 to ask about the project. 

Individuals can also comment online, via email, by phone at 940-441-5260, or by mail to the TxDOT Dallas District office at 4777 East US 80, Mesquite, TX 75150, attention of Nelson Underwood, P.E. 

The deadline to submit comments is July 28.

An in-person public hearing has been scheduled for Monday, July 13. Individuals can call 512-241-2208 during business hours to schedule an appointment to attend the in-person session at the TxDOT Denton County Area Office, 2624 W. Prairie St., either during the midday or early evening. Attendees will be required to wear a face mask, submit to a temperature check and follow social distancing guidelines. 

The new, 9-mile segment is expected to cost about $135.7 million and build four lanes of frontage roads from I-35W to I-35.  

TxDOT is in the process of acquiring rights of way and expects to displace five homes and one commercial property with the project. 

Construction is planned to begin in 2026. 

— Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.