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People Air Their Concerns Over Safety Issues On I-10 East

TxDOT has been hearing from the public on how to improve a busy segment between downtown Houston and Chambers County.

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  • Sticky notes express concern over pollution on the I-10 East corridor.  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
    Sticky notes express concern over pollution on the I-10 East corridor. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
  • People at a public meeting in the Fifth Ward expressed concern about flooing along I-10 East
    People at a public meeting in the Fifth Ward expressed concern about flooing along I-10 East
  • People at TxDOT's public meeting meeting in the Fifth Ward used sticky notes to identify trouble spots along I-10 East  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
    People at TxDOT's public meeting meeting in the Fifth Ward used sticky notes to identify trouble spots along I-10 East (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
  • People attending a TxDOT public meeting in the Fifth Ward viewed detailed maps of the I-10 East corridor.
    People attending a TxDOT public meeting in the Fifth Ward viewed detailed maps of the I-10 East corridor.
  • A woman views maps at TxDOT's public meeting in the Fifth Ward.
    A woman views maps at TxDOT's public meeting in the Fifth Ward.
  • TxDOT says I-10 East has seen a growing number of crashes.
    TxDOT says I-10 East has seen a growing number of crashes.
  • A stretch of Interstate 10 in East Houston will be closed to eastbound traffic from 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2023 until 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
    A stretch of Interstate 10 in East Houston will be closed to eastbound traffic from 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2023 until 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)

TxDOT doesn't yet have a specific plan for improving I-10 East but they say something needs to be done to accommodate the growing amount of truck movement. According to TxDOT's figures, trucks now make up as much as 20% percent of the traffic on I-10 East between Beltway 8 and the Grand Parkway.

Some of that traffic is headed to and from the Port of Houston and local petrochemical plants. TxDOT's 30-mile study area includes four major interchanges — I-69, the 610 Loop, Beltway 8, and Spur 330. There is also a lot of traffic that is just passing through. I-10 is the southernmost coast-to-coast interstate in the United States and one-third is entirely in Texas.

Rachel Figgs was one of the people looking over displays at a TxDOT public meeting in the Fifth Ward. She said she sees a lot of truck traffic in her neighborhood, which is just off I-10 at Lockwood.

"The pollution and the exhaust, not to mention what the trucks are kicking up, it's dangerous," said Figgs. "We have a lot of traffic violations, a lot of trucks blowing through red lights. These guys are trying to get where they need to go but they're not always paying attention to the pedestrians. So it's really unsafe."

TxDOT is currently gathering input as part of an early planning study that gauges the possible environmental impacts of any I-10 East construction. That study period runs until 2020. TxDOT would then have to design a project and find the money to pay for it.