UPDATES


Couldn't Make it to the Public Hearing or Additional Opportunity for Review and Comment? Check out the Virtual Event!

This project website provides additional materials including maps and schematics.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement  is available on this website.

Comment Period Extended

Please be sure to submit your comments  by Thursday, July 27, 2017, to be part of the official record. You can mail your comments to:

TxDOT Houston District Office
Director of Project Development
P.O. 1386
Houston, TX 77251-1386

Or submit on this website: Comments/Contact US

TxDOT continues its ongoing coordination with agencies, stakeholders, and the public regarding the North Houston Highway Improvement Project. In response to comments received and further engineering evaluation, the Proposed Recommended Alternatives have been updated. The design changes are not included in the current evaluation of alternatives for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, but will be presented at the public hearing and included and evaluated in the Final Environmental Impact Statement.

The latest revised conceptual roadway layouts and typical sections can be viewed on the exhibits at the links below:

Proposed Recommended Alternative
Conceptual Roadway Layouts and Typical Sections (May 2017)

SEGMENT 1
   Segment 1: I-610 to Tidwell Road Plan and Profile
   Segment 1: Tidwell Road to Shepherd Drive Plan and Profile
   Segment 1: Shepherd Drive to West Road Plan and Profile
   Segment 1: West Road to Beltway 8 Plan and Profile

SEGMENT 2
   Segment 2: I-45 north of I-10 to I-610 Plan and Profile
   Segment 2: I-610 Interchange Plan and Profile

SEGMENT 3
   Segment 3: Downtown Loop Overall Plan View
   Segment 3: Downtown Loop Realignment Story Board (1 of 2)
   Segment 3: Downtown Loop Realignment Story Board (2 of 2)
   Segment 3: I-45 from Scott Street to St Emanuel Plan and Profile (1 of 3)
   Segment 3: I-45 from St Emanuel to I-69/I-10 Interchange Plan and Profile (2 of 3)
   Segment 3: I-45 from I-69/I-10 Interchange to I-10 Interchange Plan and Profile (3 of 3)
   Segment 3: I-10 from I-45 Interchange to McKee Street Plan and Profile (1 of 2)
   Segment 3: I-10 from McKee Street to Waco Street Plan and Profile (2 of 2)
   Segment 3: I-69 from Spur 527 to I-45 Interchange Plan and Profile (1 of 2)
   Segment 3: I-69 from I-45 Interchange to Lyons Avenue Plan and Profile (2 of 2)
   Segment 3: SH 288 from Southmore Blvd to I-45 Interchange Plan and Profile (1 of 1)
   Segment 3: Downtown Connector (west side of Downtown) Plan and Profile (1 of 1)

Conceptual Layouts and Typical Sections for the Proposed Recommended Alternative are Preliminary and Subject to Change



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BACKGROUND

The Texas Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), 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, 2014, 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.