We are disappointed in today’s announcement regarding the closed-door negotiations of local and state government officials on the North Houston Highway Improvement Plan. All plans regarding expanded infrastructure require the input of the communities surrounding it.

LINK Houston firmly believes that increased highway capacity only leads to increased traffic and negates the ability of Houston residents and leaders to create a safe, multi-modal transportation system that mitigates climate change impacts and improves equitable outcomes for our communities.

We expect to be able to go through the MOU agreements in detail but are glad to know that Segments 1 and 2 will remain in the current footprint. We urge TxDOT, local elected officials and other stakeholders to include communities in the redesign for the entire project, from start to finish. We remain committed to holding decision makers accountable and eagerly await the results of the Federal Highway Administration’s Title VI Civil Rights investigation. The process going forward must be transparent, equitable and inclusive.

You can attribute this statement to Executive Director Gabe Cazares.

For further media inquiries please message our Director of Communications Nick Arcos at nickarcos@linkhouston.org

 LINK Houston | December 19, 2022