What is the history of the Hardy Toll Road Downtown Connector? Why has it taken so long to move forward?

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 Downtown Connector was put on hold.

Business leaders, Harris County, and TxDOT held 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 has the least impact to the community.

Will the Hardy Toll Road Downtown Connector be built all at one time?

No. Construction of the Hardy Toll Road will take place in phases. Click on schedule see the planned phases.

How many tolling locations will there be?

There will be one main lane tolling location.

Is storm water detention included in the project?

Yes. Right-of-way has been purchased specifically to meet detention requirements for adequate drainage for the project along the corridor.

Why are the underpass at Lorraine and overpasses at Collingsworth and Quitman being constructed?

The overpasses and underpass will remove the current at-grade railroad crossing allowing uninterrupted flow of traffic along streets. Constructing these facilities will make it safer and faster for pedestrians, emergency vehicles and school buses to cross the railroad.

How long will this project take to complete?

The Harris County Toll Road Authority will deliver this new project in two phases: Phase I is the construction of grade separations at Collingsworth, Quitman, and Lorraine streets. The improvements at all three streets are expected to be complete in 2020.

Phase II includes construction of a new four-lane toll road (two lanes in each direction), scheduled to begin in 2019 and open to traffic in 2022.

What other improvements are planned for this project?

Detention ponds and storm sewer drains are being added along the Hardy Toll Road Downtown Connector toll lanes. These additions will ensure the Hardy Toll Road Downtown Connector does not impact the existing drainage system. The new detention ponds will have landscaping to meet storm water quality requirements and for beautification.