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TxDOT Shares Plans to Remake I-45, Tear Down Pierce Elevated In Downtown Houston

The state agency is holding public meetings on plans for a big makeover of the I-45 North Freeway. But it’s going to be a while before anything is built.

 

 

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TxDOT representatives were on hand to answer questions about proposed improvements for the I-45 North Freeway.

TxDOT says north Houston’s growing population means I-45 is in desperate need of improvement, and it’s floating some ideas to see what the public thinks.

At an information session at Houston Community College, TxDOT gathered input on some of those proposals. One of them includes tearing down the Pierce Elevated and relocating I-45 to the east side of downtown.

Longtime Midtown resident Scott Harbers likes the idea. He says every time the freeway backs up, traffic starts pouring into his neighborhood.

“Every intersection is completely blocked if the drivers can’t get through here, and traffic is backed up from the Pierce Elevated all the way to Spur 527,” Harbers says.

Any traffic relief on I-45 is still years away. TxDOT’s Danny Perez says they have to do an environmental study before anything can be torn down or built.

“That’s why we have the public comment period, because this is all proposed. This is not something that’s locked in,” Perez explains. “People can give their comments. We definitely take that into consideration.”

Other plans for I-45 include managed lanes between Beltway 8 North and downtown.

There’s another public meeting on the plan this Thursday at Davis High School on Quitman Street. It’s from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

TxDOT Report: North Houston Highway Improvement Project 

 

TXDOT Presentation English (PDF)

TXDOT Presentation English (Text)

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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