North Houston Highway Improvement Project

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Infrastructure and its Discontents

The significance of the Biden administration's expansive view of infrastructure is reflected in the flood of commentary published in the week since the public's first look at the American Jobs Plan.

April 8, 2021 - James Brasuell

I-45 and I-69

TxDOT Approves I-45 Widening Despite Local Opposition

Despite every manner of local opposition, the Texas Department of Transportation is pushing forward with a plan to widen Interstate 45 north of the city of Houston, demolishing and displacing thousands of homes, businesses, and community facilities.

February 7, 2021 - Houston Chronicle

Downtown Houston

Fifth Ward Residents Oppose Houston's Interstate Expansion

The downtown freeway expansion will displace thousands of housed and unhoused residents and hundreds of small businesses.

January 13, 2021 - Houston Press

Houston, Texas

Environmental Study Released for $7 Billion Houston Highway Project

The final environmental impact statement for the controversial North Houston Highway Improvement Project is available for public comment, courtesy of the Texas Department of Transportation.

September 29, 2020 - Community Impact Newspaper

Houston, Texas

Interstate 45 Realignment Would Cut Through a Historic Black Neighborhood in Houston

A plan to realign Interstate 45 in Houston has been criticized as a highway boondoggle as well as a failure of racial and social equity, and recent protests have only amplified the latter criticisms of the project.

June 9, 2020 - Streetsblog USA

I-45 and I-69

I-45 Widening Plan Nears the Finish Line in Houston

The public is getting a chance to give feedback on the city's proposed changes to a project that would realign and widen Interstate 45 near downtown Houston.

January 30, 2020 - Houston Chronicle

I-45 and I-69

Speck: Don't Widen I-45 in Houston

Jeff Speck, planning consultant and author of Walkable City, writes an opinion piece for the Houston Chronicle to oppose the plan to widen the I-45 freeway in Houston.

September 12, 2019 - Houston Chronicle

Houston Freeway

A Houston Columnist Celebrates Japan's Transit Infrastructure

The paper of record in a Texas oil town is a surprising place to find an article singing the praises of a society built on public transit instead of the automobile.

September 6, 2019 - Houston Chronicle

I-45 and I-69

How a Freeway Widening Project Will Reshape Houston

The environmental impact report for the North Houston Highway Improvement Project is still underway, after 15 years of planning, but it's not too early to imagine the consequences of this massive project.

June 6, 2019 - Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research: The Urban Edge

New Houston Mayor Calls for a Paradigm Shift in Highway Planning

On the heels of the #NoNewRoads campaign, new Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner gave a "rousing" speech calling for the state of Texas to change its thinking about highway widening projects.

February 2, 2016 - Streetsblog USA

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