KAUFMAN COUNTY – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is proposing to widen Farm to Market Road (FM) 1641 from FM 548 to FM 148 and FM 548 from FM 1641 to United States (US) 80 in Kaufman County. An open house has been scheduled to present the planned improvements and to receive public comments on the proposed project.

The public meeting will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at the Community Life Church, 204 FM 1641, Forney. The meeting will be held in an open house format from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The FM 1641 reconstruction project includes widening approximately 0.2 miles of FM 548 and approximately 5.4 miles of FM 1641. The existing FM 548 is a four-lane urban roadway, and the existing FM 1641 is a rural two-lane roadway. Both roadways would be reconstructed to an urban four-lane (ultimate six-lane) section with turn lanes. A raised median, 14-foot wide shared-use lanes to accommodate bicycles and six-foot wide sidewalks in both directions would be added.

The existing right-of-way (ROW) width is approximately 90 feet wide. The proposed project ROW width would be approximately 130 feet wide. Approximately 20.3 acres of new ROW and 3.0 acres of proposed permanent drainage easements would be required to accommodate the proposed improvements.

The proposed project is anticipated to be let for construction in 2022 and will take approximately three years to construct. The estimated total cost for the project is $52 million.