Having troubleÂ sifting through some of the massive freeway jumblesÂ in theÂ latest plans for that major I-45 rerouteÂ between Downtown and the Beltway? This new videoÂ (making the rounds this month asÂ TxDOTÂ hosts a set of public meetings to chat about the project) may or may not help you out. The 10-minute animation shows offÂ what the project plans look like in multicolored, car-spangled 3D action, dragging viewers slowlyÂ along the entire project route from Spur 521 up to Beltway 8.
The project plans pullÂ 45 over to the east side of Downtown, toÂ line up alongsideÂ US 59 and dive underground behind the George R. Brown convention center. Various flavors of new express lanes, managed lanes, managed express lanes, and connectorsÂ weave into and out of a massive newÂ 45-59-10 junctionÂ as shown above, all labeled by color. Here’s a clip of the above video showing just that section of the animation:
Here’s the proposed new look of the areaÂ where I-45 currently skirts theÂ western edge of Downtown toward the Pierce Elevated — a set of Downtown connector ramps trickles out drivers as far as Jefferson St. instead, as shown here:
Below, I-45 can be spotted twistingÂ east alongside I-10 toward 59, and theÂ set of newÂ Downtown drop-off rampsÂ split off, highlighted in orange. A pair of I-10 express lanes cuts through the fray in blue, evidently meant to avoid the 45-10Â exchange traffic. The latest plans may give U of H Downtown a slightly better idea of how much of its newly purchased landÂ to the north of I-10 will be freeway-ed over as part of the changes.
There’s lot more to parse in the designsÂ — including TxDOT’s estimate that the whole thing will “displace approximately 168 single-family residences, 1,067 multi-family residences, 331 businesses, 4Â places of worship, and 2 schools.” If you missed out on the 2 public meetings held earlier this week, there’s 1Â more scheduled for Monday eveningÂ over at the Saint Arnold brewery.
- Previously on Swamplot: Big I-45 Downtown Rerouting, Grand Parkway Expansion Get Go-Aheads; TxDOT To Pierce Elevated: Your Years Are Numbered, Probably; TxDOTâ€™s Plans for Freeway Expansion Around and Below the Newly Protected Cheek-Neal Coffee Building; Wacky TxDOT I-45 Redo Renderings Now Available in Mind-Boggling Video Format; The 5 Wackiest Images from TxDOTâ€™s Plans To Reroute I-45 and Abandon the Pierce Elevated
Images and Video: HNTB and TxDOT