Staying Connected

About the Project

View Project MapThe 3.6-mile Hardy Downtown Connector will provide faster, easier north-south access between downtown Houston and north Houston, including Intercontinental Airport and The Woodlands.

When the original Hardy Toll Road was built, it was envisioned to extend into downtown Houston. However, due to budget restrictions at the time, the Hardy Toll Road Connector was put on hold. Business leaders, Harris County, and TxDOT resurrected discussions about the project in the early 2000ís. Since then HCTRA has coordinated agreements with many agencies for street closures and railroad track relocation, as well as completing environmental studies to get the project underway.

The Harris County Toll Road Authority has worked with the Houston Belt & Terminal railroad (HB&T), the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the City of Houston, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure the project is constructed in the safest and most efficient way possible that has the least impact to the community.

The new road will extend the current Hardy Toll Road, which ends at the IH 610 North Loop, to US 59 near the George R. Brown Convention Center and Elysian Street into downtown Houston.

The Hardy Connector will have two lanes in each direction with one main lane tolling location, north of Cavalcade. Exit and entrance ramps for the facility will be located at IH 610, south of Cavalcade, and at US 59.

Neighborhood streets will be greatly improved with the removal of railroad crossings at Collingsworth, Quitman and Lorraine streets. This means the railroad tracks will no longer be at the same level as those streets.