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Traffic on I-45. Courtesy of Houston Chronicle.

Houston will receive $1.32 billion of the $9 billion spending plan passed by the Texas Transportation Commission for congestion relief. The Houston allocation, which is directed towards improving Interstate 45 and other highways, is among the largest distributions for a total of 230 statewide projects supported by this funding. The allotment will help reconstruct sections of I-45, and realign it with Interstate 69 (U.S. 59) through various individual projects.

The earliest of the scheduled developments will reconstruct I-69 between I-45 and Spur 527 before rebuilding I-45 at its I-69 interchange. This will be followed by a widening of I-45 in League City to four lanes in each direction. Finally, reconstruction work is scheduled for selected I-69/Loop 610 connections, near the Galleria area.

Congestion relief projects frequently involve expansion of one kind or another, as the principle method of relieving traffic is to increase the carrying capacity of targeted roadways. The completion of such projects may therefore require the acquisition of privately owned lands, which can in turn lead to eminent domain use for the condemnation of property.