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Posted on: June 27, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Comments and Feedback on I-45 Widening Due Wednesday, June 28

Comments on TxDOT's proposed I-45 widening from Farm-to-Market Road (FM) 1764 to Galveston Causeway due to TxDOT by JUNE 28, 2017.

The TxDOT Houston District is proposing to reconstruct and widen Interstate 45 (I-45) from Farm-to-Market Road (FM) 1764 to the Galveston Causeway in Galveston County, Texas. The proposed project will improve the existing roadway to enhance safety and mobility along the highway by reducing traffic congestion and improving the evacuation capability of the highway in instances of flooding and severe weather. Comments and feedback are due Wednesday, June 28, 2017. 


To be accepted by TxDOT, comments must be postmarked or emailed by JUNE 28, 2017.  Comments may be submitted in English or Spanish. TxDOT has requested submissions include  your name and address. Written comments may be submitted in the following ways:

  • US Mail:
    • TxDOT Houston District 
    • Director of Public Development 
    • Texas Department of Transportation 
    • P.O. Box 1386
    • Houston, Texas 77251-1386
    • POSTMARKED BY JUNE 28, 2017
  • Email:
    • hou-piowebmail@txdog.gov
    • EMAIL BY JUNE 28, 2017

Resources:

  • June 13, 2017, TxDOT hosted an Open House. Read more...
  • June 26, 2017, TxDOT attended City Council Workshop. Watch video...
  • June 27, 2017, Galveston Daily News story (submission required) Read story...
  • June 28, 2017, Deadline for feedback on I-45 expansion project Email TxDOT

For project-related questions please contact TxDOT Houston District Public Information Office. Reference the  project number 0500-04-103 and call (713) 802-5076. 


The purpose of the proposed project would be to accommodate future traffic, reduce congestion, improve hurricane evacuation and improve safety. According to a TxDOT press release, the proposed project from FM 1764 north of the Galveston Causeway Bridge would consist of reconstructing and widening IH 45 from a six-lane interstate to an eight-lane interstate. Additionally, frontage roads would be reconstructed with a minimum of four 12-foot lanes (two in each direction), with bicycle accommodations. Five-foot-wide sidewalks would be constructed where feasible.   


About the City of La Marque: The City of La Marque is strategically situated in Galveston County approximately 15 miles from the southern city limit of Houston and four miles north of Galveston Island. La Marque has an estimated population of 16,000 and an area of 14.25 square miles. Citizens enjoy coastal living with the security of a hurricane protection levee system. The city provides a wide range of programs including Bayou Fest, an annual concert series and BBQ Cookoff; Magical Winter Lights, a 52-day holiday lantern festival and Crawfish Bash, an annual crawfish cookoff that earned Guinness Book of World Records ranking in 2017. City of La Marque boasts easy access to world-class medical, travel and entertainment options. For business, La Marque offers developmental incentives, an abundance of commercial property and build-to-suit opportunities. La Marque is the Gateway to the Gulf. Discover the possibilities at www.cityoflamarque.org.


MEDIA CONTACT:  

Colleen Merritt, MA, Public Relations Specialist

La Marque Economic Development Corporation

1130 1st Street, La Marque, TX 77568

(409) 938-9255 Office

(409) 795-0165 Cell

cmerritt@cityoflamarque.org


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