TxDOT Online Survey Seeks Input on I-45 from Beltway 8 to Loop 336 South Project
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Houston District is seeking input for its Planning and Environmental Linkage Study (PEL) on the I-45 from Beltway 8 to Loop 336 South project, which spans Harris and Montgomery Counties. The study includes areas of Houston, Oak Ridge North, Shenandoah, Conroe, and The Woodlands Township.
The online survey consists of 5 sections, including:
- Priority Ranking (8 Items)
- Improvement Rating (5 Items)
- Tradeoff Ranking (4 Items)
- Finish/Wrap Up (5 Optional Questions)
TxDOT is requesting applicants encourage more feedback by sharing the survey through email or social media with others. Once the survey is opened, email and social media icons are on the right of the survey screen.
TxDOT previously held public meetings from February 2018 to mid-October 2019. These public meetings identified the following items as the top I-45 North improvement priorities:
- Improve frontage roads
- Reconstruct existing interchanges
- Complete the SH 99 interchange
- Add more east-west crossings
- Enhance public transit
Interactive Project Location Map
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PEL Study Purpose and Benefits
A PEL study provides identification of cost-effective transportation solutions, fewer delays in project implementation, and information for use in future project phases, including the environmental review process. The I-45 PEL study is a high-level, early-planning study process that represents an approach to transportation decision making that considers environmental, community, and economic goals early in the planning stage and carries them through project development, design, and construction. The goal of a PEL study is to gather feedback during planning to inform the environmental review process, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
At a high level, a PEL study:
- Identifies transportation issues
- Develops the need and purpose for proposed improvements
- Helps inform planning decisions through public feedback
- Streamlines the project delivery process for NEPA
- Identifies environmental constraints, issues and potential future projects
PEL Timeline and Process
Following is a high-level timeline; ongoing agency and stakeholder involvement occurs throughout the entire PEL process.
Phase I: Spring 2017 – Summer 2018
- Conduct data collection
- Analyze existing conditions
- Determine corridor needs and concerns
- Identify vision for the corridor with community input
Phase II: Spring 2019 – Spring 2021
- Develop and screen conceptual ideas and alternatives that support the corridor vision
- Consider viable alternatives
- Present PEL findings
After the PEL study process, the NEPA process will then be initiated and additional public involvement will be required and planned.
For additional information, call TxDOT Houston District at (713) 802-5076 and reference project number I-45 PEL: 0912-00-536.