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We will never stop widening our highways

Eventually, everything will be used for extra highway capacity.

For people in western Harris and Fort Bend counties, now is the time to sit down with your toddler and ask what kind of Interstate 10 they’d like to have.

Texas Department of Transportation officials, as required by federal policies, are seeking environmental clearance on the project to build two managed lanes along I-10 from Texas 6 to FM 359 in Waller County. The project is expected to begin construction in mid-2030.

That’s not a typo. TxDOT currently plans to open bids on the project in April 2030. Right around the time actor Channing Tatum turns 50.

The project will require about 45 acres of right of way in Fort Bend and Waller counties as the freeway is widened. In some cases, homes and businesses will be affected by the proposed widening.

But don’t worry, no Serious People will find anything to object about that, because it is a Road Project, and That’s Just How These Things Work. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of opportunities to give feedback going forward. If you’re lucky, this will get dragged out in roughly the same way the I-45 widening project has been. But be prepared to gird your loins anyway.

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2 Comments

  1. Joel says:

    you left out the funniest part. according to the linked article, the deadline to request a public hearing was 10 days ago.

    presumably someone made said request? otherwise, this thing that isn’t even planned and won’t start for another 13 or more years will not be up for discussion.

  2. mollusk says:

    You know you’re getting old when you see a road construction timeline that crowds the time when nervous relatives would start looking at taking the keys away.

    OTOH, how long has the Gulf Freeway been under more or less continuous construction???

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