The following is an email update from Jim Weston of the I-45 Coalition.
TxDOT continues its I-45 Schematic Drawing and Environmental Phase. As part of this phase, TxDOT will be holding public meetings called "Scoping Meetings" where public comments are welcomed and encouraged. In these meetings, TxDOT will determine the public’s interest and thoughts on a variety of things – double decking freeways, access roads, etc.
The I-45 Coalition wants to take a more proactive approach! We want to help determine what the neighborhoods want and give those results to TxDOT before the Scoping Meetings are held. This won’t replace TxDOT’s Scoping Meetings - but we hope it will help guide TxDOT’s roadway design in a manner most sympathetic to the affected communities.
So, the I-45 Coalition is hosting an I-45 Design Workshop to be held on Saturday, May 6th, 2006. The workshop will be facilitated by transportation and development planner Carl Sharpe. The workshop will start with a brief review of I-45 status, then participants will disband into breakout groups focusing on specific topics (such as landscaping, neighborhood/freeway access, noise, etc.). The goal of the workshop is to gather ideas and suggestions for TxDOT to explore as part of the I-45 redesign.
These breakout sessions will allow for workshop participants to discuss ideas and possible positive designs for I-45. Each breakout group will focus on one aspect of I-45 design, and this discussion will be facilitated by a group moderator.
The breakout groups will reconvene to present their ideas to the entire group of workshop participants. The final I-45 Design Workshop ideas and suggestions will be incorporated into a report for presentation to TxDOT as part of its public Scoping Meetings (where public comments are encouraged).
We would like to have you at this workshop if you are interested in sharing your vision and would like to influence the future design of I-45! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendance is free but will be limited to 50-70 people.
What: I-45 Design Workshop
Presented by: The I-45 Coalition
When: Saturday, May 6, 8:30 a.m. - Noon
Where: Zion Lutheran Church
(3606 Beauchamp at 11th Street, in the Woodland Heights, 77009)
Or call Jim Weston at 713/ 816.0444.
RSVP today, or contact us with questions!
Thank you for being involved and staying involved.
I-45 Coalition, President