A small group of homeowners that includes residents of Timbergrove, Brookwoods Estates, and Holly Park have filed a lawsuit against the Federal Highway Administration claiming that the agency approved the expansion of Hwy. 290 along the 38-mile stretch from 610 to FM 2920 last August without properly analyzing how noise from the project would affect their properties. In the filing, the plaintiffs say they are not opposed to the project, but are concerned that TxDOT’s environmental studies of its planned elevated roadways at the 610 and I-10 interchanges — some of which will reach as high as 100 ft. in the air — didn’t account for noise impacts on Memorial Park and the Houston Arboretum as well.
In a response to a comment on one of those studies, TxDOT argues that a noise barrier that might lessen the projected 76 decibels it figures will be shouting at a particular residence in Brookwoods Estates from the new roadway is not warranted because the neighborhood is not directly adjacent to the project — and because a barrier would block access to adjacent commercial land. The lawsuit complains: “TxDOT has expressed a priority, with no lawful basis, by commercial interests it claims do not want their establishments hidden [from] highway drivers on these elevated structures over the interests of residents below these elevated structures who will suffer the noise from the elevated structures.”
- Homeowners Fight Highway Expansion [Courthouse News Service, via HBJ]
- Complaint and Request for Declaratory Judgment (PDF) [Courthouse News Service]
- Previously on Swamplot: On Top of Spaghetti: Video Preview of a New and Better Tangle at 290 and Beltway 8