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Underground Houston Highway Raises Flooding Concerns

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TxDOT wants to roll out some huge improvements to I-45, the North Freeway, which incorporate putting bits of the road underground.

Beginning in 2020, TxDOT isn’t just intending to unravel the downtown expressway framework by combining US-59 and I-45, it’s additionally sending a few ranges of turnpike underground in three areas.

US-59 amongst Main and San Jacinto will plunge subterranean level in the midtown region. At that point, it will go down once more, right in the core of downtown Houston, by Minute Maid Park and the George R. Brown Convention Center.

More distant north, on I-45, a segment of the expressway will get pushed underneath sea level, from only south of North Main to Cottage Street.

In the event that it appears to be difficult to imagine, investigate the recessed Woodall Rogers Freeway in downtown Dallas.

It’s just the same old thing new. Development started in 1977, and it opened in 1983.

In 2012, the Klyde Warren Deck Park was worked over the expressway, making green space with free projects like yoga and shows.

With private financing, a similar sort of open stop idea could be created here.

Be that as it may, the central issue for some, Houstonians is, the end result for an underground turnpike amid inescapable Houston flooding?

“With future undertakings, we’re additionally consolidating the 500-year disasters, for example, Harvey and the Tax Day Flood and the Memorial Day Flood,” Danny Perez of TxDOT said.

They have fulltime hydrologists and architects on staff who are assisting with the plan.

On the off chance that real flooding – like a Hurricane Harvey – happens, any interstate that gathers a dangerous measure of water would be shut.

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