Planning and Environmental Linkage Study: I-45 from BW 8 to Loop 336 South


The TxDOT Houston District is conducting a Planning and Environmental Linkage Study (PEL) on I-45 from Beltway (BW) 8 to Loop 336 South spanning Harris and Montgomery Counties. The study would include the city areas of Houston; Oak Ridge North; Shenandoah; Conroe; and The Woodlands Township. 

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PEL Study Purpose and Benefits

The I-45 PEL study is a high-level, early-planning study process that represents an approach to transportation decision making that considers environmental, community and economic goals early in the planning stage and carries them through project development, design and construction. The goal of a PEL study is to gather feedback during planning to inform the environmental review process, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). More information about the purpose and benefits of this kind of study, as well as the I-69 PEL and I-10 PEL studies, can be found on the Houston Planning and Environmental Linkage Studies page.

At a high level, a PEL study:

  • Identifies transportation issues
  • Develops the need and purpose for proposed improvements
  • Helps inform planning decisions through public feedback
  • Streamlines the project delivery process for NEPA
  • Identifies environmental constraints, issues and potential future projects

PEL Timeline and Process

Following is a high-level timeline; ongoing agency and stakeholder involvement occurs throughout the entire PEL process.

Phase I: Spring 2017 - Summer 2018

  • Conduct data collection
  • Analyze existing conditions
  • Determine corridor needs and concerns
  • Identify vision for the corridor with community input

Phase II: Fall 2018 - Summer 2020

  • Develop and screen conceptual ideas and alternatives that support the corridor vision
  • Consider viable alternatives
  • Present PEL findings

After the PEL study process, the NEPA process will then be initiated and additional public involvement will be required and planned.

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Please reference the following project number:
I-45 PEL: 0912-00-536
TxDOT Houston District

(713) 802-5076

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What is a PEL Study?

A PEL study is a high-level, early-planning study process that represents an approach to transportation decision making  that considers environmental, community and economic goals early in the planning stage and carries them through project development, design and construction. The goal of PEL studies is to gather feedback during planning to inform the environmental review process, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). 

Purpose of a PEL study:

  • Identifies transportation issues
  • Develops the need and purpose for proposed improvements
  • Initiates coordination with oversight agencies, stakeholders and members of the public
  • Streamlines the overall project development process and minimizes duplication
  • Describes the socio-economic conditions
  • Promotes efficient and cost-effective solutions and environmental stewardship
  • Reduces delays in delivering projects

Why is TxDOT preparing PEL studies?

Conducting a PEL study helps inform planning decisions and streamlines the project delivery process for NEPA, and can serve as a way for the public to discuss and prioritize transportation issues and project delivery. 

Benefits of a PEL study:

  • Develops a purpose and need statement
  • Engages stakeholders
  • Builds collaborative relationships with resource agencies
  • Identifies environmental constraints and issues
  • Develops potential solutions and alternatives
  • Identifies potential projects for future consideration

Contact Us

Please reference the following project numbers:
I-45 PEL: 0912-00-536
I-69 PEL: 0027-13-218
I-10 PEL: 0912-00-535

TxDOT Houston District
(713) 802-5076

Email

 

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What is a PEL Study?

A PEL study is a high-level, early-planning study process that represents an approach to transportation decision making  that considers environmental, community and economic goals early in the planning stage and carries them through project development, design and construction. The goal of PEL studies is to gather feedback during planning to inform the environmental review process, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). 

Purpose of a PEL study:

  • Identifies transportation issues
  • Develops the need and purpose for proposed improvements
  • Initiates coordination with oversight agencies, stakeholders and members of the public
  • Streamlines the overall project development process and minimizes duplication
  • Describes the socio-economic conditions
  • Promotes efficient and cost-effective solutions and environmental stewardship
  • Reduces delays in delivering projects

Why is TxDOT preparing PEL studies?

Conducting a PEL study helps inform planning decisions and streamlines the project delivery process for NEPA, and can serve as a way for the public to discuss and prioritize transportation issues and project delivery. 

Benefits of a PEL study:

  • Develops a purpose and need statement
  • Engages stakeholders
  • Builds collaborative relationships with resource agencies
  • Identifies environmental constraints and issues
  • Develops potential solutions and alternatives
  • Identifies potential projects for future consideration

Contact Us

Please reference the following project numbers:
I-45 PEL: 0912-00-536
I-69 PEL: 0027-13-218
I-10 PEL: 0912-00-535

TxDOT Houston District
(713) 802-5076

Email