Starting on January 30, 2020, the City of Houston will host a final round of three community workshops to learn more about TxDOT’s North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP), the proposed expansion of I-45N from downtown to Beltway 8 and changes to downtown-area freeway connections including I-69, I-10 and 288.

The City of Houston developed a number of improvements to Tx-DOT’s project after gathering community feedback at City-hosted public meetings last fall. The final round of community workshops will collect further feedback from residents to address the many concerns expressed by citizens the expansion’s impacts, including freeway connections, property impacts, parks, flood control and neighborhood impacts on public health and safety.

Community input will help guide the City’s requests to TxDOT in seeking alternative designs for the NHHIP. Residents interested in sharing their thoughts with the City on the project can attend the community workshops and find out how potential changes to the project might address their concerns.

TXDOT recently posted two technical reports on the I-45 expansion for public review and comment: Community Impacts Assessment Technical Report and Draft Cumulative Impacts Technical Report. These reports are part of TxDOT’s environmental impacts review required by NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act). Community members can submit comments on the reports through February 7, 2020 to HOU-piowebmail@txdot.gov. Links to the documents and information about how and when to submit comments are available at: http://www.ih45northandmore.com/final_eis.aspx

Later in 2020, community members will also have the opportunity to comment on TxDOT’s Final Environmental Impact Statement.  More information about the Federal environmental review process is available on TxDOT’s web page under “Quick Links” at: Citizen’s Guide to the NEPA Process

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