We are holding a series of Neighborhood Community Meetings in March and April 2019 to talk about the potential adverse impacts of the I-45 North highway expansion plan on community health and safety, and to discuss mitigation strategies.

The meetings will be held in Houston neighborhoods that stand to be most affected by the planned construction: 3rd Ward, 5th Ward, Near Northside-Northline, and Aldine.

I-45 Expansion

A transformational highway expansion project

The North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP), better known as the I-45 North expansion, is a massive highway expansion project along the I-45 corridor. The project, proposed by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), will shape the landscape of North Houston and the downtown area for decades. The project will rebuild and expand I-45 N from Beltway 8 N to the Wheeler Transit Station in Midtown (including major changes to the downtown freeway system, Spur 527, and 288 N). Construction is scheduled to last 10+ years and cost at least $6 billion.

Have your say!

Air Alliance Houston, in partnership with LINK Houston, is conducting a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of the proposed highway expansion. The HIA combines a variety of quantitative data with information and feedback from community members to establish the ways the project could benefit and/or harm community health and safety. The assessment will reflect a range of issues, including air quality, mobility, economic development, parks and green space, noise, visual impacts, urban heat island, and flooding.

AAH is particularly concerned about the health effects of the freeway on the many Houston-area children attending schools along the I-45 corridor and who, as a result of the expansion, will be even closer to the highway than before. Due to their developing brain, lungs, heart, and circulatory systems, children are especially vulnerable to the negative health effects of air pollution.

The HIA focuses on nine different schools within four Houston neighborhoods. All of the schools, listed below, are located within traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) zones (150 meters/500 feet) along the I-45 N and/or are at risk of being further impacted by the anticipated increase in traffic-related air pollution:

  • Bruce Elementary and Secondary DAEP in the 5th Ward;
  • Houston Academy for International Studies and Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy in the 3rd Ward;
  • Jefferson Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary in the Northside-Northline neighborhood; and
  • Aldine High School, Aldine 9th, and Stovall Middle School in Aldine.

AAH considers that these schools would greatly benefit from strategies to protect students and staff from the potentially harmful health effects of traffic and air pollution.

School parents, teachers and staff, as well as community members and organizations are encouraged to attend these important community meetings. The meetings will be an opportunity to learn more about the proposed project, express your concerns and needs, and provide suggestions for opportunities to protect health in our communities. You will also be given information on how to voice your opinions to elected officials in your community.

Your comments will be critical for the success of the Health Impact Assessment and will help Air Alliance Houston develop recommendations to TxDOT that could improve the project design and benefit schools and surrounding neighborhoods.

Please join us at the following meetings:

5th Ward Community Meeting

March 26, 4-6 pm

📌Bruce Elementary, 510 Jensen Dr, Houston, TX 77020

Join the Facebook event and invite others.

Northside-Northline Community Meeting

March 28, 6-7 pm

📌 Jefferson Elementary, 5000 Sharman St, Houston, TX 77009

Join the Facebook event and invite others.

Aldine Community Meeting

April 1, 6-7:30 pm

📌Aldine High School, 11101 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77037

Join the Facebook event and invite others.

3rd Ward Community Meeting

April 2, 5:30-7pm

📌 Emancipation Community Center, 3018 Emancipation Ave, Houston, TX 77004

Join the Facebook event and invite others.

Food will be provided.

Kids welcome!

Please RSVP and direct questions concerning the meeting to Air Alliance Houston at 713.528.3779 or [email protected].

Read here, also, a recent Q&A with Air Alliance Houston’s Bakeyah Nelson, PhD, about the Health Impact Assessment and the importance of community involvement to the success of the assessment.

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