UPDATE - JUNE 2019

Public Meetings

Two public meetings will be co-hosted by The City of Houston and TxDOT regarding the North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP), and will provide an opportunity for public feedback.


Thursday, June 20, 2019, 6 - 8 p.m., Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
Harris County Department of Education.
(Conference Center, 5th Floor)
Note: Free parking in garage; accessible by METRO 79
6300 Irvington Boulevard
Houston, TX 77022
For more information: Public Meeting - North Houston Highway Improvement Project

Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 6 - 8 p.m., Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
Acres Homes Multi-Service Center
Note: Free parking in lot; accessible by METRO 44, 64
6719 W. Montgomery Road
Houston, TX 77091
For more information: Public Meeting - North Houston Highway Improvement Project



UPDATE - MAY 2019

Revised Recommended Alternative

Based on comments received during the Draft EIS comment period and from continuing stakeholder input and coordination, TxDOT has revised the Proposed Recommended Alternative that was presented at the May 2017 public hearing. The revised alternatives for each project segment will be identified as the Preferred Alternatives in the Final EIS, and will be the Preferred Alternative for the proposed North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP). The revised design schematics can be viewed at the link below.


Revised Design Schematics (May 2019)

Draft Technical Reports

The Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the North Houston Highway Improvement Project is expected to be completed and available on this website in late 2019. The Final EIS will identify the preferred alternative, provide responses to substantive comments received on the Draft EIS, summarize public involvement, and describe mitigation measures that will be incorporated into the proposed project. As TxDOT completes preparation of the draft technical reports for the Final EIS, the draft reports are being made available to the public and TxDOT will accept comments on the draft reports. The comment period for each draft technical report ends no earlier than 30 days after it is posted on the project website. The draft technical reports are also available for review Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., excluding state holidays, at the TxDOT Houston District Office located at 7600 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77007. Please contact Terri Dedhia at (713) 802-5247 or Terri.Dedhia@txdot.gov to schedule an appointment to view the draft technical reports at the Houston District Office.


Comments on the draft technical reports may be submitted:
  -  On the Comments/Contact Us  page on this website
  -  In person at the TxDOT Houston District Office, 7600 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77007
  -  By mail to: TxDOT Houston District Office, Director of Project Development, P.O. 1386, Houston, TX 77251-1386
  -  By email to: HOU-piowebmail@txdot.gov


A draft technical report will remain on the website after the close of the comment period. If TxDOT makes a change to its analysis as a result of a comment on a draft technical report, TxDOT will explain the change in the response to comments in the Final EIS.





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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.