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.

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.

Read Mayor Turner’s full letter to H-GAC’s Transportation Policy Council here.


Interactive Map
We’ve developed an interactive map where you can view the project’s impacts and add your comments. Click here to view.


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.)

  • Burrus Elementary
    701 E. 33rd St., Houston, TX 77022
    Accessible by METRO routes 44 & 56

Additional workshops will be held in late September or early October.

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.



Community Workshop Images

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Overview

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.

Project Area Map

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.

The Mayor’s public process for Segments 1 and 2 is being led by the Planning & Development Department with help from a Facilitation Group composed of community leaders and subject matter experts. This group is guiding the City in reviewing comments, identifying impacts, and working towards opportunities for incorporation into the project.


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-September: Investigate and Develop Alternatives
    Research and develop alternatives based on feedback received

  • September: Second Community Workshops
    Present and discuss alternatives, build consensus on recommendations

  • Fall: 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.

Process Graphic

Previous Meetings
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
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.


Project Documents

East: Third Ward, Midtown, EaDo, East End & Downtown

Open House Flyer & Agenda
Presentation

North: Fifth Ward, Near Northside, First Ward, Sixth Ward & Downtown

Open House Flyer & Agenda
Presentation

West: Sixth Ward, Fourth Ward, Midtown & Downtown

Open House Flyer & Agenda
Presentation

Midtown: Midtown, Museum Park,& Third Ward

Open House Flyer & Agenda
Open House Presentation



Contact Us
For more information, please contact Peter.Eccles@houstontx.gov.

Resources
TxDOT NHHIP website: http://www.ih45northandmore.com/