Community Involvement

Community Impact

Improving mobility and building a better community means working together. The Toll Road Authority is dedicated to completing this transportation project while taking into consideration the surrounding neighborhood. Whenever possible, measures will be taken to minimize impacts of the project on the community.

Downtown Houston Skyline

 

  Past Public Meetings:

  September 29, 2016: Ryan Professional Development Center, 5pm 7pm

  November 9, 2007: Greater Northside Management
  District, 218 Joyce St.

  September 15, 2007: Ryon Civic Association
  Ryon Civic Center, 4501 Elysian St.

 

Landscaping

Landscaping

Although landscaping for the Hardy Toll Road Downtown Connector is still being determined, it will be in line with the Texas Department of Transportation's "Green Ribbon Corridor Aesthetic and Landscaping Masterplan."

The goal of the Green Ribbon Masterplan is to have trees, shrubs and grasses planted along all roadways, if possible, for both beauty and increased safety. The Green Ribbon Masterplan emphasizes plants that are native to Texas, or have become adapted to growing here, in order to reduce maintenance. Existing trees within the construction zone are preserved when possible.

Drainage

Unfortunately, flooding is often a part of living in this region. However, as part of the project, To date, approximately 34 acres of land have been acquired for the purpose of storm water detention. Additional property may be purchased if needed. HCTRA will be building detention ponds and basins and installing storm lines so that the Hardy Connector does not impact existing drainage.

Sound

A preliminary noise analysis was performed for the project. A final noise study will be prepared if the sound study indicates future noise levels will exceed standards in a particular area, HCTRA will abide by Federal Highway Administration guidelines for addressing the noise prior to construction of the toll lanes. HCTRA will follow Federal Highway Administration guidelines for addressing any noise impacts.

Environmental

HCTRA has worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for over seven years to develop a safe plan for any construction taking place in the vicinity of a Superfund Site. Although no impact to the community is expected from construction at these sites, and to ensure the safety and health of workers, residents, and the general public in the area, HCTRA has hired an environmental firm to monitor air quality and oversee management of materials at these specific locations.