Where are we right now?
project should be in the Schematic Design
& Environmental Phase. This is the phase where TxDOT
determines where exactly they would like to put the 12
lanes of traffic. Four (4) lanes going South, four (4)
lanes going North (the main traffic lanes) and the
additional 4 Managed Lanes. This phase began in
November 2005 and was supposed to take 2 to 3 years and
will include several public meetings.
However, in August 2005, Congress
passed the SAFE, ACCOUNTABLE, FLEXIBLE, EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION
EQUITY ACT: A LEGACY FOR USERS, known as SAFETEA-LU. This act
went into effect in 2006. Due
to this act, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued
new requirements TxDOT must now comply with before they
can continue on this project.
TxDOT must prepare a new
“Purpose and Need Statement” and “Coordination Plan” before
they can do anything regarding I-45. This has temporarily
stopped the I-45 process until they get the green light from
FHWA. The delay started in 2006 and is still continuing
TxDOT spends our $2.1 billion (as TxDOT estimated in 2005 that
their I-45 improvements would cost), traffic in the 8 lanes
(4 lanes North and 4 lanes South) inside Loop 610 will travel
at a whopping 35 mph on average. If they dont spend our
money, the same lanes will average 32 mph! A 3 mile per hour
Current & Scheduled Events/Meetings
following Meetings are tentatively scheduled. All Meetings are
held at the Lindale Park Clubhouse, 218 Joyce (off of Fulton)
in Lindale Park unless another location is designated. All interested
folks are invited to attend, but please email or call to be
certain a meeting is actually being held before you plan to
attend. Meeting times are at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
April 12, 2010
June 14, 2010
Meetings will be held sooner
if events require it
We don’t want this to
happen on I-45!
The I-45 Coalition presented the Houston City Council
their support of the I-45 Tunnel & Parkway on 10/16/07.
It was standing room only in Council chambers and our presentation
was very well received. Council Members and the Mayor asked
good questions and had valid comments & observations. Here
are some of them:
CM Peter Brown said that TxDOT needs a friendly but firm message
that we dont want a Katy Freeway on I-45
CM Ada Edwards wants the Citys Transportation &
Aviation Committee to take a closer look at the tunnel concept
Adrian Garcia as well as Edwards, Brown and Lovell said they
are all willing to sign a letter to support TxDOT to fully
explore the tunnel
We are planning to contact County Commissioners, State &
Federal elected officials to further inform & educate everyone
who will listen to why a tunnel would be a definite win-win
for everyone in Houston.
Release to City Council - Tuesday, October 16, 2007