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TXtoNJ:

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--- Quote from: thisdj78 on June 14, 2021, 11:23:18 PM ---290 is pretty much finished now.
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Is the Hempstead Tollway still on the radar, or has that project faded away after the ban on new toll roads?

I believe it was originally planned to be built simultaneously with US 290, to be a system of express lanes on a parallel alignment instead of in the median.

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I believe it’s dead now. They rebuilt 290 with a separated reversible HOV/Bus lane in the middle and a high occupancy lane going each direction as part of the main lanes.

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The Hempstead Tollway is most likely dead, and TxDOT is trying to replace it with 2x2 toll-free managed lanes along the same alignment. The managed lanes are proposed to be elevated inside BW8 to reduce right-of-way requirements. TxDOT is asking H-GAC to modify the long-term plan to include the elevated managed lanes, but as of tomorrow's meeting H-GAC is not including the change. H-GAC is also rejecting TxDOT's request for managed lanes on the West Loop and on the inner Katy Freeway.
https://www.h-gac.com/media/hgac/transportation-advisory-committee/meeting-agendas/documents/2021/june/ITEM-07.pdf

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The freeway expansion era is largely over in Houston, it seems. We'll probably see a few projects get finished (if in a reduced state, I don't expect I-45 north of DT to get expanded), but anything on a new ROW (except for SH 35 and everything other than Segment A of the Grand Parkway) is done, and reconstructions will almost certainly be no capacity added.

I think 25 years of PAINFUL reconstructions, along with apparently-limited benefits (even if the actual benefits were fairly good), has shifted the political climate away from expansion anywhere inside Beltway 8.

Thegeet:

--- Quote from: thisdj78 on June 14, 2021, 11:23:18 PM ---290 is pretty much finished now.

The next proposed projects (outside of what has its own major discussion threads already) would be:

Fort Bend Tollway extension to 610
SH35 Freeway from Houston to Alvin
Southeast Grand Parkway segments

In progress:

Northeast Grand Parkway segments
Tomball/Aggie Expressway extension
Westpark Tollway extension

Here’s a good read on proposed Houston projects:

https://www.h-gac.com/getmedia/aede9fcd-17a0-480d-b0fd-a36c0065dbd7/2040-RTP-exec-summary-april-2016.pdf

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I saw somewhere that SH 35 will be used up in Alvin by SH 99 Grand Parkway.

thisdj78:

--- Quote from: Thegeet on June 15, 2021, 02:39:16 PM ---
--- Quote from: thisdj78 on June 14, 2021, 11:23:18 PM ---290 is pretty much finished now.

The next proposed projects (outside of what has its own major discussion threads already) would be:

Fort Bend Tollway extension to 610
SH35 Freeway from Houston to Alvin
Southeast Grand Parkway segments

In progress:

Northeast Grand Parkway segments
Tomball/Aggie Expressway extension
Westpark Tollway extension

Here’s a good read on proposed Houston projects:

https://www.h-gac.com/getmedia/aede9fcd-17a0-480d-b0fd-a36c0065dbd7/2040-RTP-exec-summary-april-2016.pdf

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I saw somewhere that SH 35 will be used up in Alvin by SH 99 Grand Parkway.

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Yes, the two routes will share alignment around Alvin.

Thegeet:

--- Quote from: thisdj78 on June 15, 2021, 03:20:41 PM ---
--- Quote from: Thegeet on June 15, 2021, 02:39:16 PM ---
--- Quote from: thisdj78 on June 14, 2021, 11:23:18 PM ---290 is pretty much finished now.

The next proposed projects (outside of what has its own major discussion threads already) would be:

Fort Bend Tollway extension to 610
SH35 Freeway from Houston to Alvin
Southeast Grand Parkway segments

In progress:

Northeast Grand Parkway segments
Tomball/Aggie Expressway extension
Westpark Tollway extension

Here’s a good read on proposed Houston projects:

https://www.h-gac.com/getmedia/aede9fcd-17a0-480d-b0fd-a36c0065dbd7/2040-RTP-exec-summary-april-2016.pdf

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I saw somewhere that SH 35 will be used up in Alvin by SH 99 Grand Parkway.

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Yes, the two routes will share alignment around Alvin.

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Nice. The median is wide enough already to accommodate a freeway, so Alvin would be an easy task, except when diverging from SH 35, which they would need to buy ROW.

thisdj78:

--- Quote from: Thegeet on June 15, 2021, 03:49:23 PM ---
--- Quote from: thisdj78 on June 15, 2021, 03:20:41 PM ---
--- Quote from: Thegeet on June 15, 2021, 02:39:16 PM ---
--- Quote from: thisdj78 on June 14, 2021, 11:23:18 PM ---290 is pretty much finished now.

The next proposed projects (outside of what has its own major discussion threads already) would be:

Fort Bend Tollway extension to 610
SH35 Freeway from Houston to Alvin
Southeast Grand Parkway segments

In progress:

Northeast Grand Parkway segments
Tomball/Aggie Expressway extension
Westpark Tollway extension

Here’s a good read on proposed Houston projects:

https://www.h-gac.com/getmedia/aede9fcd-17a0-480d-b0fd-a36c0065dbd7/2040-RTP-exec-summary-april-2016.pdf

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I saw somewhere that SH 35 will be used up in Alvin by SH 99 Grand Parkway.

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Yes, the two routes will share alignment around Alvin.

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Nice. The median is wide enough already to accommodate a freeway, so Alvin would be an easy task, except when diverging from SH 35, which they would need to buy ROW.

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There’s a basic map of the alignments in the link I posted above, Page 2.

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