HGAC Moves North Freeway Project Forward After Marathon Session

A 10-year, $7 billion expansion of the North Freeway is moving forward despite several hours of protests and objections from people who live and work in that area, claiming it will hurt minority neighborhoods and nearby schools.

"Residents have raised valid concerns about the potential negative impact on affordable housing, economic activity and the environment, particularly for low-income residents and communities of color," said a spokesperson for Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis.

The Houston-Galveston Area Council voted Friday to accept a $150 million down payment from TxDOT.A spokesperson for the agency insists nothing is set in stone.

"The work we did on U.S. 290, we changed that project five years after the record of decision several times," he said."The lane assignments and how we were going to accommodate Metro in that corridor."

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