The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT),
METRO and the Houston-Galveston Area Council
(H-GAC) are currently conducting a
comprehensive analysis of the North-Hardy
corridor. The corridor extends approximately
30 miles north of downtown
Montgomery County (The Woodlands). METRO has
determined that they would like to have
light rail service the corridor.
The estimated timeline for this study and
the subsequent expansion is anywhere from 5
years to 10 -15 years. The biggest variable
in the timetable is whether a toll-road
component will be included in the expansion
(similar to the Katy Corridor expansion
Why is the I-45
Coalition actively monitoring this project?
The I-45 Coalition consists of neighborhoods
and neighbors, groups and individuals from a
small section of I - 45 ~ specifically the
approximately 3 miles between
610 and Interstate 10. After the TxDOT
study has been completed, any resulting
expansion of I-45 will affect directly or
indirectly a large number of residents,
citizens and voters. Many of the people
involved reside in
Super Neighborhood and many
The I-45 Coalition’s purpose is to be
pro-active and work with any and all
governmental agencies to make sure that the
citizen’s concerns and interests are
considered, answered and met. It is our
hope that by establishing a strong presence
during the planning and study phase, when
subsequent phases occur, the citizens will
be part of the solution and unpleasant
surprises will be eliminated.
There are 3 primary areas that the I-45
Coalition has serious concerns with:
We want TxDOT to stay within its existing
Right-of-Way (R-O-W). We do not want to
increase the “footprint” of the existing
roadway and we do not want our neighborhoods
and our homes destroyed by an
ever-increasing slab of pavement.
We want TxDOT to investigate other modes of
transportation, other than more and more
concrete for more and more vehicles.
We do not want our Quality-of-Life and our
neighborhoods affected adversely by
increased air pollution, noise pollution,
flooding, increased neighborhood traffic,
As of September
of 2006, TxDOT projected the following
timeline would be followed:
ANTICIPATED PROJECT ACTIVITES
IH 45 FROM BW 8 TO SOUTH OF DOWNTOWN
Scoping Meeting – We will be showing the
study area, draft need and purpose,
draft coordination plan, and
origin-destination study. Comments will
be received from the public concerning
the draft need and purpose and draft
Scoping Meeting – The purpose of this
meeting is to present the approved
coordination plan and the approved need
and purpose. We will also present the
universe of alternatives from which a
range of alternatives will be selected.
We will be seeking comments on
alternatives to consider.
and 4th Public Meeting –
Receive comments on alternatives
presented at the meetings and the
evaluation criteria that will be used to
evaluate the alternatives.
Public Meeting – Present preferred
alternative selected from the reasonable
alternatives shown at the 3rd
and 4th public meetings.
Hearing – Presentation will be made
concerning the preferred alternative as
discussed in the DEIS (Draft
Environmental Impact Statement). Verbal
and written comments will be received.
Court reporter will be present to record
verbal comments for the record.
Public Meeting – Release of FEIS (Final
Environmental Impact Statement) for
ROD (Record of Decision).
Coordination Plan - SAFETEA-LU, the
new federal legislation, requires
that a plan be developed for
coordinating public and government
agency participation and comment
during the environmental review
and Purpose – Reasons the project is
needed and the purpose the project
Report that discusses the
alternatives considered, analysis of
impacts of alternatives, and
identifies the preferred alternative
to be studied in greater detail.
Documents recommended alternative
and provides response to comments
made on DEIS.
The Record of Decision documents
FHWA’s decision on
approval/disapproval of EIS.
scoping meeting by end of this year.
have second scoping meeting in 4-6
months after the first meeting. The
public meetings concerning the
alternative selection will be held
as we reach those milestones.
hoping for a ROD in 4-5 years
This time line
was just a draft and was/is subject to
In fact, it HAS
changed. Due to SAFETEA-LU, the project has
been stalled. NONE of the meetings listed
above have happened. Item #1 under
Timeframe refers to “end of this year” which
meant 2006. That did not happen. No
estimate on when the project will be
released is available.