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TxDOT will be conducting a public hearing on the proposed North Houston Highway Improvement Project. The purpose of the hearing is to present the planned improvements and to receive public comments on the proposed project. Displays will be available for viewing at 5:30 p.m. with the formal hearing starting at 6:30 p.m. The public hearing will be held twice as follows:

PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
St. Pius X High School
811 West Donovan, Houston, Texas 77091

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Houston Community College Central Campus, San Jacinto Building
1300 Holman Street, Houston, Texas 77004

Schedule at all locations:
5:30 p.m. Open House
6:30 p.m. Public Hearing

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement and the complete public hearing notices (in English and Spanish) are available on this website.


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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 Alternative for Segments 2 and 3 has been updated. Some of 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:

Revised Conceptual Layouts and Typical Sections for the Proposed Recommended Alternative (May 2016)

Segment 2: I-610 Interchange
Segment 2: North of 1-10 to I-610
Segment 3: South of Downtown Houston to I-10

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


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

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, 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.