In response to public and agency comments from the 4th public meeting, TxDOT
has updated the Proposed Recommended Alternative for the North Houston Highway Improvement Project. The revised conceptual roadway layouts and typical
sections can be viewed on the exihibits at the links below:
Revised Conceptual Layouts and Typical Sections for Proposed Recommended Alternative (Sept. 2015)
Segment 1: I-610 to Tidwell Road
Segment 1: Tidwell Road to Shepherd Drive
Segment 1: Shepherd Drive to West Road
Segment 1: West Road to Beltway 8
Segment 2: I-610 Interchange
Segment 2: North of I-10 to I-610
Segment 3: South of Downtown Houston to I-10
The Texas Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration
initiated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for highway improvements in the north Houston area. The North Houston Highway
Improvement Project involves evaluation of the I-45 North corridor from near downtown Houston to Beltway 8 North, Beltway 8 North from I-45 North to the
Hardy Toll Road, the Hardy Toll Road from I-610 North Loop to Beltway 8 North, I-610 North Loop from I-45 North to the Hardy Toll Road, and portions of
I-10 and US 59 near downtown Houston.
Prior to December 16, 2004, the FHWA reviewed and approved documents prepared under the NEPA;
however, on December 16, 2014, the Texas Department of Transportation assumed responsibility from FHWA for reviewing and approving certain assigned
NEPA environmental documents. The Texas Department of Transportation will approve the North Houston Highway Improvement Project Draft and Final
Environmental Impact Statements.
The primary objective of the NEPA evaluation is to assess the needs of the project area and
evaluate possible alternatives, including a no build alternative. Environment impacts will be further evaluated for those recommended alternatives
that meet the need for and purpose of the project in order to select a preferred alternative. The Environmental Impact Statement process will include
participation and involvement of the public, elected officials, cooperating agencies, and other interested parties.