Biden Administration Deploys the Civil Rights Act To Stop a $7 Billion Highway Project in Houston

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The $7 billion Houston project—funded with a mix of state and federal dollars—would reroute I-45 near the city’s downtown, add four managed express lanes to the highway, raise bridges, improve drainage to prevent flooding, and add bike lanes and pedestrian sidewalks at a number of cross streets.

In order to add those express lanes, however, TxDOT is planning to widen the highway by as much as 220 feet in some places. The road’s expanded footprint will result in the displacement of about 600 private homes, 486 units of public or…

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