4th Public Meeting Documents
4th Public Meeting Dates: April 23, 28, and 30, 2015 Notices
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.