Controversial Houston highway expansion will resume following civil rights investigation

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)  and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have signed an agreement that allows a controversial Houston highway project to move forward.

Signed on March 7, the Voluntary Resolution Agreement (VRA) between TxDOT and the FHWA resolves a March 2021 Title VI civil rights investigation that the FHWA instigated into the Interstate 45 (I-45) North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP) where project opponents contended that the TxDOT’s plans for the highway would displace hundreds of vulnerable families and worsen air quality in adjacent neighborhoods.

Here is a quick summary of events, as reported by AN in 2021:

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