Boondoggle blocked: Wasteful North Houston I-45 highway expansion halted

Texans need better transportation options — not a costly and inefficient road expansion.

That’s why TexPIRG applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s June 23 decision to call on the North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP) to stop development. The $7.5 billion project would worsen Houston’s already poor air quality, displace over 1,000 residents, businesses and schools, and increase the congestion it aims to reduce.

Identified as one of the country’s most wasteful highway expansions in PIRG’s 2019 Highway Boondoggles report, the NHHIP “would bring nothing but more cars and dirtier air to a city already drowning in traffic and pollution,” said Bay Scoggin, TexPIRG state director. “The federal government’s recognition that Texas has not done its due diligence is a crucial next step in our years-long advocacy against the widening of I-45.”

“Instead, let’s fix our congestion problems by taking cars off the road and investing this $7 billion in public transit.”

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Photo: TexPIRG State Director Bay Scoggin speaks at a 2019 rally against wasteful highway expansions proposed in the state. Credit: Staff


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