TXDOT has multiple projects going on at the same time with the I-45 Construction Project being the one that’s consuming a lot of our attention. While we were all grappling with their decision to remove exits, displace Kelly Courts & Clayton Homes, they were also quietly rolling out another construction plan with more long term implications for Fifth Ward. TxDOT held their last, poorly advertised, public meeting on Feb. 22, 2018 with less than 20 residents in attendance, to discuss their launch of a 2 year study to help solve congestion starting at I-10 East and ending near Mount Belvieu. Unless they plan on building express lanes on top of I-10 East, we all know the solution to this study will undoubtedly end with them widening inbound and outbound lanes although they carefully excluded the word ‘widening’ from the spiel to the communities. Widening I-10 East has the potential to displace homes, businesses and increase pollution in the area and beyond. Any construction on this leg of I-10 East will bring additional detour traffic to Lyons Ave. a parallel road with 3 Union Pacific railroad crossings that at any given time can all be clogged with trains preventing vehicle & pedestrian traffic. The TXDot representatives gave the community a deadline of March 9, 2018, 4 days away, to respond to the following questions on the questionnaire below.
- What transportation issues need to be addressed through this study?
- What are the most important transportation goals for the corridor?
- What transportation concerns do you have?
If you want your comments included, print & complete the questionnaire, scan and email to HOU-PIOWebMail@txdot.gov or you can mail to:
TxDOT Houston District Office, Director of Project Development
Project No. 0912-00-535
P.O. Box 1386
Houston, TX 77251
You can also call them at TxDOT Houston District, (713) 802-5076. You will need to reference the project number with any inquiry.