A highway expansion project in Houston is the site of a battle over environmental justice

On a Monday evening in May, members of Stop TxDOT I-45 gathered socially at the Saint Arnold brewery in Houston. After months of coordinated online efforts, the grassroots group met in person to visit and bond. They plan to continue their opposition to the controversial North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP), which aims to reshape and expand Interstate 45 around downtown and along the city’s northern corridor.

The coalition’s mood was rightfully celebratory. After years of study, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) issued its record of decision in February, paving the way for NHHIP’s implementation. The following month, however, the Federal Highway Administration

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