History
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January 9, 2002

Notice of Intent (NOI) from FHWA, TxDOT, METRO & H-GAC partner to conduct North- Hardy Planning Studies and Environmental Impact Statement

May 6, 2002 Technical work sessions with consultant, METRO, TxDOT and H-GAC
 
June 2002 Public review process with stakeholders from six North-Hardy segments and three general public meetings, culminating with the Stakeholder Advisory Committee. In total 15 stakeholder meeting, 12 public meetings, and 104 small group or one-on-one meetings were conducted

2003 Community requests that the Highway component of the North-Hardy Corridor Alternatives Analysis Report be set aside until the Transit component is completed

July 28, 2003 North-Hardy Corridor Alternatives Analysis Report-Transit Component is initiated

November 2003 Locally Preferred Investment Strategy is approved by METRO Board and the voters

February 2004 North-Hardy Alternatives Analysis Report- Transit Component is completed

June 2004 Review long list of highway alternatives

October 26 & 28, 2004 Draft recommendation of Highway Alternative presented publicly. Public feedback modified the Draft Highway Alternative

November 2005 Final report published: North-Hardy Planning, Alternatives Analysis Report (Highway Component)

As a result of public comments on the Draft report, the Draft Recommended Alternative from Downtown to Beltway 8 was revised. The Final report states:
“It is the goal of TxDOT to remain within the existing right-of-way of IH 45 as improvements to this congested freeway corridor are designed and developed. The existing right-of-way south of IH 610 is limited and multiple design options will need to be explored to remain within the existing right-of-way. Design options could include: reduced shoulder width requirements; reduced or eliminated frontage roads; cantilevered frontage roads, elevated roadway sections, and other creative engineering techniques. These options along with the feasibility to add capacity to the Hardy Toll Road will be thoroughly explored during preliminary engineering and preparation of the environmental document for this project.”

During the approval process for the Final report for the Highway Component, TxDOT agreed to the following project goals when the preliminary design and environmental document preparation phase begins:

- Stay within the existing IH 45 right of way between Quitman St. and Cavalcade St., except at intersections where turn lanes may be needed.

- Minimize effects on quality of life issues of the residents and neighborhoods in the project area.

- Study Hardy Toll Road as an alternative route for additional lanes.

- Evaluate use of tunnels as an alternative in areas of constrained right-of-way.

2011 TxDOT / FHWA Begin Environmental Document Preparation (Environmental Impact Statement) for North-Hardy Corridor Highway Component

November 2011 TxDOT held the first round of agency and public scoping meetings to discuss the project goals, the extent of impact analyses, agency coordination, and public involvement. Public and agency comments were analyzed to determine the issues of interest, and alternatives evaluation criteria and Preliminary Alternatives were developed.

October 2012 TxDOT held a second round of agency and public scoping meetings to present and solicit input on the Alternatives Evaluation Screening Process and the six Preliminary Alternatives selected per study segment. Based on public and agency feedback and further engineering and environmental studies, the study team evaluated each Preliminary Alternative to identify three Reasonable Alternatives per segment.

November 2013 TxDOT held the third round of agency and public meetings to present and gather public comments on the Reasonable Alternatives. Based on public and agency feedback and further engineering and environmental studies, the study team evaluated each Reasonable Alternative to identify one Proposed Recommended Alternative per segment.

April 2015 TxDOT held the fourth round of agency and public meetings to present more detailed evaluations of the Reasonable Alternatives and identify the Proposed Recommended Alternative. Based on public and agency feedback and further engineering and environmental studies, the study team evaluated each Reasonable Alternative, including the Proposed Recommended Alternative, in more detail.

May 9 and 11, 2017 Public Hearing for Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS)

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