Update: LCRA’s Zorn to Marion Transmission Line Project

On September 16, 2016, The Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas approved the Zorn-Marion project in Gudadalupe county and selected Route 10M. The Zorn-Marion project is intended to address an increase in electrical demand caused by population growth in northern Bexar County and the Interstate 35 corridor between San Antonio and Austin.

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After the project was approved, The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) began mailing property owners directly affected by the project Notice of PUC Approval and a copy of the Commission’s Final Order. The LCRA also began contacting the property owners in order to negotiate Right of Entry Agreements and, ultimately, begin construction of the transmission line.

You can find information and updates on the project at the PUC interchange by searching for docket number 45601 at

http://interchange.puc.texas.gov/WebApp/Interchange/application/dbapps/filings/pgSearch.asp

Please contact Luke Ellis, at Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge at lellis@jmehlaw.com or (512) 215-4078 if you have any questions or would like to receive periodic updates on this project.

Grand Parkway Segments H and I-1 (Montgomery, Harris, Liberty, and Chambers Counties)

Proposed State Highway 99, the 180 mile long loop around the greater Houston area also known as the Grand Parkway, continues towards completion as segment G opened for traffic in March of 2016. Directly east, segments H and I-1 are still in the initial offer phase as TxDOT receives bids to complete this section of the project. Segments H & I-1 will primarily impact property owners Chambers County, Liberty County, and Montgomery County. Please see the image below for an updated map of the Grand Parkway.

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(image from www.grandpky.com)

TxDOT anticipates awarding a contract in Fall 2016. Then, contractors can begin the next steps in the project’s progression, including acquiring right-of-way for the Grand Parkway extension. Please contact Luke Ellis, at Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge at lellis@jmehlaw.com or (512) 215-4078 if you have any questions or would like to receive periodic updates on this project.

High Speed Rail Update – Dallas to Houston

The Dallas to Houston High Speed Rail project being developed by Texas Central Partners is currently being reviewed by federal regulators. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is currently working to prepare the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This publication once completed will use evaluative guidelines to determine possible routing alternatives. This evaluation is based on such criteria like environmental constraints, social impact, and safety.

This controversial project has had strong opposition throughout its history. Currently, Texas Central Partners states that it is in the early stages of land acquisition, including preliminary surveying and discussions with affected landowner, and filing lawsuits against property owners for survey rights. Below, please find the most updated routing maps produced by Texas Central Partners.

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If you have any questions on this project or would like to receive periodic updates, please contact Luke Ellis at lellis@jmehlaw.com or (512) 215-4078.