North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP)
Message from Mayor Sylvester Turner
To ensure the best possible project for the City of Houston, I asked the Planning Department to lead an effort to elevate community concerns and recommend ways to improve the project. The City shares many of these concerns and intends to work diligently with TxDOT to resolve them.Read Mayor Turner’s full letter to H-GAC’s Transportation Policy Council here.
Ample time remains to work through these concerns and deliver a project that reflects the wants and needs of neighboring communities. There are future decision points at which the project will be evaluated for funding, including a major definitive funding decision next spring. It is my expectation that TxDOT will resolve many of the pressing outstanding issues before then. It is TxDOT’s responsibility to design a project with positive impacts for the community, the City of Houston, and the greater region. We will, without hesitation, not support the project if these items are not accomplished.
Draft Technical Reports available for Public Review/Comment
TXDOT recently posted two technical reports for public review and comment: Community Impacts Assessment Technical Report and Draft Cumulative Impacts Technical Report. These reports are part of the environmental impacts review required by NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act). TXDOT typically allows 30 days for people to submit comments. After receiving requests for more time, the agency has extended public comment period to February 7, 2020. Links to the documents and information about how and when to submit comments is available on their web site: http://www.ih45northandmore.com/final_eis.aspx People will also have an opportunity to comment on the Final Environmental Impact Statement due to be published in late winter 2020. Information about the Federal environmental review process is available on the TxDOT web page under Quick Links: Citizen’s Guide to the NEPA Process
Using feedback previous community workshops and other comments, the City and its technical team have developed concepts to improve and change TxDOT’s North Houston Highway Improvement Project. Join us to learn about and discuss alternative designs for connections, property impacts, parks, flood control and more. The input from these meetings will guide the City’s requests to TxDOT.
Previous Public Meetings
Community workshops were held in three locations in mid-August and were hosted by the City of Houston’s Planning Department, with technical assistance provided by Huitt-Zollars and University of Houston’s Community Design Resource Center. This effort is being generously supported by the Houston Endowment and the Houston Parks Board.
Each workshop focused on a specific area:
Segment 2 & 3-North (I-610 to I-10 & I-10 to US-59)
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (optional introduction at 5:40 p.m.)
Harris County Dept. of Education
6300 Irvington Blvd., Houston, TX 77022
Accessible by METRO 79
Segment 1-North (Beltway 8 to N. Shepherd)
Thursday, August 15, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (optional introduction at 5:40 p.m.)
Aldine Ninth Grade School
10650 North Freeway, Houston, TX 77037
Accessible by METRO routes 56, 59 & 99
Segment 1-South (N. Shepherd to I-610)
Saturday, August 17, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (optional introduction at 9:40 a.m.)
701 E. 33rd St., Houston, TX 77022
Accessible by METRO routes 44 & 56
Segment 3 (I-10, I-45 & I-69 near Downtown)
Saturday, November 9, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
High School for Law & Justice
3505 Coyle St, Houston, TX 77003
Additional workshops will be held in January 2020 to present alternative designs and opportunities.
The purpose of the workshops is to discuss and build consensus on community goals for addressing issues like housing, flooding, and others identified by people during TXDOT’s official comment period. These discussions will aid the City and its technical team as they develop alternative designs and make recommendations for changes to TxDOT.
We’ve developed an interactive map where you can view the project’s impacts and add your comments. We will be collecting feedback until November 9, 2019.
Click here to view.
- Air Quality
- Bikelanes and Community Amenities
- Fatal Crashes - flattened
- Historic Resources and Parcels Impacted
- Lane Count
- Noise and Aesthetic Mitigation
- On Off Ramps
- Parcels with Potential Displacements by Landuse
- People involved in Crash Related Incidents
- Proposed and Existing Distance between Crosswalks
- School Locations and Attendance Zones
- Street Connectivity
The North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP) is a planned reconstruction of I-45 from Beltway 8 to Downtown. Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) proposes improvements to the facility to manage congestion, enhance safety, expand multi-modal opportunities, accommodate future demand and improve operational efficiency. TxDOT conducted a public hearing in May 2017 to solicit comments on the Federally-required Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
TxDOT’s project is planned to be one of the biggest infrastructure projects that Houston will see in a generation. It is important that, if funded, it meets the needs of residents and businesses along the corridor. We are listening to the people who live, work, go to school and play along the corridor. Your voices are very important.
That’s why Mayor Turner has initiated a public process, alongside TxDOT’s work, to engage stakeholders to address prominent concerns and identify opportunities for improvement. Consensus on changes must be complete prior to the Record of Decision, when final design can begin on the project.
Mayor’s Steering Committee & Public Process
To oversee this process, Mayor Turner established a Steering Committee comprised of civic leaders in 2017. This group is convening meetings with agency partners and neighborhood groups throughout the areas adjacent to future freeway alignments. This process began with Segment 3, which is funded for construction. In April 2019, the Steering Committee initiated a similar process for Segments 1 and 2.
Segments 1 & 2
Segments 1 and 2 extend from Beltway 8 to IH-610, and from IH-610 to IH-10 respectively.
Process & Timeline
City staff and a team of experts from Huitt-Zollars and UH Community Design Resource Center will conduct a multi-stage process for identifying changes to the project, mitigation measures, and opportunities for improvements related to the project but that would be funded and led by other entities.
Now: Baseline Analysis
Analyze impacts and comments already received
August 13, 15 & 17: First Community Workshops
Present maps and diagrams and build consensus on goals
August-November: Investigate and Develop Alternatives
Research and develop alternatives based on feedback received
December: Second Community Workshops
Present and discuss alternatives, build consensus on recommendations
End of 2019: Publish Recommendations and deliver to Mayor Turner
The City’s team will engage TxDOT throughout this process to make sure they’re aware of what the community is saying and are evaluating the resulting alternatives. Outcomes of the process will be shared with Mayor Turner and his NHHIP Steering Committee.
In June 2019, the City and TxDOT co-hosted two public meetings to provide an overview and status update of NHHIP, and to inform people about the City-led engagement process.
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Harris County Department of Education Conference Center
- Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Acres Homes Multi-Service Center
Meeting Materials (both dates):
Segment 3 includes portions of IH-10, IH-45, US-59/IH-69 and SH-288 that compose the loop of freeways encircling Downtown. The public process for Segment 3 was launched in early 2018 by Central Houston, Inc. and three public open houses were hosted by the City of Houston in the Summer of 2018. To date, more than 50 stakeholder meetings have been held with neighborhoods and agency partners throughout the areas adjacent to future highway alignments.
East: Third Ward, Midtown, EaDo, East End & DowntownOpen House Flyer & Agenda
North: Fifth Ward, Near Northside, First Ward, Sixth Ward & DowntownOpen House Flyer & Agenda
West: Sixth Ward, Fourth Ward, Midtown & DowntownOpen House Flyer & Agenda
Midtown: Midtown, Museum Park,& Third WardOpen House Flyer & Agenda
Open House Presentation