TxDOT has completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and it is available for review. The Final EIS identifies the preferred alternative. Click here for more information.

The deadline for comments on the Final EIS has been extended to
December 9, 2020. Comments should be sent to the Texas Department of Transportation, Attention: Director of Project Development, P.O. Box 1386, Houston, Texas 77251, or by email to: HOU-piowebmail@txdot.gov.

The Final EIS is available for inspection at the TxDOT Houston District Office, 7600 Washington Avenue, Houston, Texas 77007 by appointment. To make an appointment, visit https://www.flexbooker.com/reserve/NHHIP_FEIS_APPT or call (713) 802-5207 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Since the release of the North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in 2017, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has continued public engagement through community meetings and by posting updated technical reports for public comments.

Feedback received during that robust public engagement period resulted in project design changes as well as new information on the project’s environmental concerns, impacts, and mitigation. This input resulted in changes to the EIS.

Following a minimum of 30 days after notice of availability of the Final EIS is published in the Federal Register, TxDOT will issue a Record of Decision (ROD). The ROD will identify the selected alternative; present the basis for the decision; identify the alternatives considered; specify the environmentally preferable alternative; and provide information on the adopted means to avoid, minimize, and compensate for environmental impacts. The release of the Final EIS followed by signature of the ROD are milestones in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for the EIS.

Achieving environmental clearance (the ROD) is a necessary step for the project to begin detailed project design and utility work. Although the ROD is the final step in the EIS process and will result in a selected alternative, future changes and refinements to the project can still occur.

Project development activities would continue after issuance of the ROD, including final design, right-of-way acquisition (advance acquisition of some parcels has already begun), utility relocation, mitigation activities related to environmental impacts, and construction of the project. TxDOT also anticipates continued refinements and improvements to the project as the project design continues to develop and additional input is received from the public and other stakeholders.

TxDOT has prepared a series of white papers titled “NHHIP Project Facts & Highlights” to help convey concise and key information regarding matters of high-priority to the public. Click here to read about the following topics:

  • Addressing Flooding
  • Air Quality is Improving
  • Changed for the Better
  • Design-Specific Requests & Responses by NHHIP Segment
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • How Safety and Congestion Will Be Improved
  • Lower the Highways
  • Minimizing Community Impact
  • Pedestrian & Bicyclist Accommodations
  • Visual & Aesthetic Treatments
  • What if NHHIP Impacts My Property?
  • What is an FEIS?

TxDOT ha preparado una serie de papeles blancos titulada “Datos y Reflejos del Proyecto NHHIP” para ayudar y transmitir información concisa y clave con respecto a asuntos de alta calidad para el público. Haga clic aquí para leer sobre los siguientes temas:

  • Abundando las inundaciones
  • La calidad del aire está mejorando
  • Cambiado para mejor
  • Solicitudes especifícos y respuestas específicas del diseño para cada segmento de NHHIP
  • Preguntas más frequentes
  • Cómo mejorán la seguridad y la congestion
  • Bajar las carreteras
  • Minimizando el impacto de la comunidad
  • Alojamientos peatonales y ciclistas
  • Tratamientos visuales y estéticos
  • ¿Qué pasa si NHHIP afecta mi propiedad?
  • ¿Qué es un FEIS?