August 11, 2005
I-45 Town Hall on Saturday

I know I've mentioned before that there will be a town hall meeting regarding the I-45 expansion this Saturday at 2 PM, but it's really important so I'll say it again.

The I-45 Coalition will host a town hall meeting on Saturday regarding the Texas Department of Transportation's plans to expand Interstate 45 between I-10 and Beltway 8.

The meeting will be held at Jeff Davis High School, 1101 Quitman, beginning at 2 p.m. A number of local politicians are expected to attend, including U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, State Sen. Mario Gallegos, D-Houston, State Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, and Houston City Councilman Adrian Garcia.


Jim Weston, president of the I-45 Coalition and a Woodland Heights resident, said Saturday's meeting is designed to present the public with as much information as possible regarding TxDOT's plan.

"TxDOT will be there to present its report, much the same as it did to the H-GAC committee," Weston said. "Then, John Wilson (executive director of the Galveston-Houston Association for Smog Prevention and a member of the H-GAC's Technical Advisory Committee) will go over what he thinks are the good and bad aspects of the report."

Following Wilson's presentation, Gonzalo Camacho, a Heights-area engineer, will present his alternative plan for the I-45 corridor, which includes building a tunnel in place of the highway.

The public meeting will end with a question-and-answer session for residents.

"The goal is to get as many questions as we can on the record for both TxDOT and the politicians who will be in attendance," Weston said. "We need to bring to the table specific concerns that have not been addressed."

I'll be there, and I hope you will be, too.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on August 11, 2005 to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles | TrackBack