HOUSTON – A massive revision of state highway plans adds nearly $9 billion in new funds for improving Texas roadways, including a $1.32 billion major overhaul of I-45 in Houston and nine other area projects.
Projects along SH 36 in Fort Bend and Brazoria counties and SH 105 in Montgomery and San Jacinto Counties were also included in the unified transportation plan approved Tuesday by the Texas Transportation Commission.
Construction will start in late 2020 on the first of seven separate projects that will realign I-45 along downtown's eastern side, parallel to I-69, also known as US 59.
Combined, the two interchanges are expected to cost nearly $1.7 billion, more than half the full cost of remaking I-45 around downtown.
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