SH 68 Road Project Overview

The SH 68 project is described in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) as a four-lane divided rural highway facility with future main lanes and overpasses from US 83/I-2 to US 281/IH 69C for a total project length of approximately 22 miles. The purpose of the project is to improve north/south mobility, increase travel capacity for local and regional traffic and provide an alternate north-south evacuation route during emergency events. The project aims to accommodate burgeoning population demands and anticipated surges in traffic volume. By doing so, it aims to alleviate strain on the limited existing north-south routes while serving as a viable alternative for emergency evacuations during critical events.

Proposed Improvements

  • Four 12‐foot main lanes, 2 in each direction, and four 12‐foot frontage road travel lanes, 2 in each direction
  • Hurricane evacuation route would be accommodated on a north bound 12‐foot shoulder adjacent to the outside main lane
  • The main lanes would also have 4‐foot inside shoulders and the south bound outside main lane would have a 10‐foot shoulder
  • The frontage roads would have an inside 4‐foot shoulder and an outside 8‐foot shoulder.
  • Approximately 20 feet of border width outside the frontage roads could be used for a future shared use path, utilities, and other infrastructure.

The total length of the proposed project would require approximately 1,100 acres of right-of-way (ROW). The proposed project would be constructed in a 350-foot typical right-of way (ROW) width, with up to 400 feet of ROW needed at proposed grade separations. The proposed project would displace an estimated 102 residences and eight businesses.

Anticipated Next Steps

  • Winter 2023 – Environmental Clearance
  • Spring 2024 – Final design Phase 1
  • Spring 2026 – Acquire right-of-way and utilities Phase 1
  • Summer 2026 – Letting (Bid) Phase 1
  • Fall 2026 – Begin construction Phase 1

Are you an impacted landowner?

Time is of the essence when your property is going be taken in condemnation. Do not wait until it is too late to learn about your rights.

To schedule a 30-minute consultation with one of our condemnation attorneys, please contact us here or call (512) 894-5426.  

The Braun & Gresham Condemnation Team:

Patrick L. Reznik Attorney & Counselor
Carly Barton
Carly Barton Attorney & Counselor
Audrey Banner
Audrey Banner Paralegal

At Braun & Gresham, our attorneys can help you before, during, and after the taking of your land. We will advise you on the best course of action and not only help you get full market value, but also help you protect the aspects you love most.

For more information about the project, or to learn about your rights in the condemnation process, please contact us at [email protected] or (512) 894-5426.