We caught up with TxDOT’s Danny Perez at a public meeting on the project. He says the residential neighborhoods north of downtown will stay intact, but they’ll have to acquire right-of-way between the 610 Loop and Beltway 8.
“So we’re trying to get folks here now,” says Perez. “We can have the conversation now so at some point when we move forward we won’t catch people by surprise.”
But Perez says once that work starts they won’t be doing it all at once.
“It depends on the funding aspects,” adds Perez. He expects the project will be similar to what they’re doing on the Gulf Freeway with the work divided into segments.
It’s expected the I-45 North widening will cost about $7 billion.