Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is the regional organization through which local governments consider issues and cooperate in solving area wide problems. H-GAC's mission is to serve as the instrument of local government cooperation, promoting the region's orderly development and the safety and welfare of its citizens.
Members of the Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council - the board that oversees regional transportation planning and federal and state funding for Houston-area projects - is scheduled to approve its 2016-18 spending plan. The plan covers $239.4 million for I-45 over the next three years, with $140.4 million of that directed to segments expected to break ground by late 2016.
The Gulf Freeway widening project has been broken down into three segments:
- Nasa Rd 1 to Galveston County line; Widen to five lanes in each direction, with three-lane frontage roads, and two HOV lanes;
- Harris County line to FM 518; Widen to five lanes in each direction; with two- or three-lane frontage roads and two HOV lanes;
- FM 518 to FM 517; widen to four lanes in each direction with two-lane frontage roads.
- Coming Later; Another 18.4 miles of I-45 will be widened to four lanes in each direction.
Texas Department of Transportation will hold two public meetings to discuss the design changes for the Galveston Bay Area:
Topic: Widening Nasa Rd 1 By-pass to south of FM 518. October 6, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm; Creekside Intermediate School, 4320 West Main St., League City.
New and old residents have seen many changes to the Gulf Freeway, which officially opened in 1952. “And the beat goes on” for changes that are designed to help with traffic congestion as the population in the area continues to GROW.