Nearly two years to the day that federal officials halted TxDOT’s plans to rebuild Interstate 45 and Houston’s freeway system, national and state highway leaders have reached an agreement that would allow the reconstruction to continue, but with a series of concessions aimed at addressing the project’s impact on low-income – and minority districts.
The Federal Highway Administration and the Texas Department of Transportation announced Tuesday morning that they had reached an agreement, similar to the one TxDOT reached with Harris County and Houston in December, outlining various obligations related to the planned $9.7 billion reconstruction of I-45 from downtown Houston north to Beltway 8. The agreement immediately lifts the federal pause placed on the project on March 8, 2021, and resolves the audit conducted by federal officials related to TxDOT’s compliance with federal environmental regulations.
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