TxDOT approves $1.32B for ten highway projects in five counties
The Texas Transportation Commission approved $1.32 billion to realign Interstate 45 through downtown Houston and nine other highway projects in Brazoria, Fort Bend, Montgomery and San Jacinto counties. The funding is included in an update of the state’s Unified Transportation Plan that includes almost $9 billion in new funding for 230 highway projects throughout the state.
Construction on the first of seven projects is expected to begin in late 2020 and will realign I-45 along the east side of the central business district of Houston and parallel to Interstate 69, said Quincy Allen, the district engineer in Houston. The work begins with reconstruction on I-69, also known as U.S. 59 in Houston, between Spur 527 and I-45, including its intersection with Texas Highway 288. The work will then move to rebuild I-45 where it meets with I-69. These projects are estimated to cost about $1.7 billion, more than half of the $3 billion cost of rerouting I-45 around downtown Houston, Allen said.
The Texas Department of Transportation also plans to open bids in April for a project to widen I-45 in League City between Houston and Galveston; and in June to begin work on widening westbound Interstate 10 into three lanes in Brookshire to the Brazos River. Construction on a project to improve the area where I-69 crosses Loop 610 in uptown Houston and rebuilding Loop 610 through that intersection is set to begin construction by the end of this year. These earlier projects should be completed in 2021, the time when work on the downtown interchanges is scheduled to begin.