City seeks community feedback for road projects

As part of a Northwest Mobility Study, officials with the City of Houston's planning and development department will host a public meeting March 27 to gather feedback from residents and community leaders in regard to existing challenges on local roadways.

The city's Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan, or MTFP, outlines roadways selected for improvement or construction and was first established in 1942 to guide the development of major roads in Houston and its surrounding area. The northwest study will discuss roadway projects bordered by Hwy. 290, Beltway 8 and I-45.

"[The MTFP] is an effective instrument in guiding urban and suburban development and mobility in Houston," said Suzy Hartgrove, public affairs manager with the planning and development department. "The plan serves as a notice to the public for developing land adjacent to the identified roads."

The city updates the MTFP each year, Hartgrove said. Once the amendments are received, the planning department will hold a public hearing and open house in June and July, allowing for a public comment period prior to moving forward on proposed projects.

"The city listens to developers and neighborhoods about such issues as congestion, mobility and future development plans," Hartgrove said. "The city identifies sections of roadwayseither thoroughfares or major collectorsthat are in need of expansion, either by lengthening or widening."

Public meeting

March 27, 6–8 p.m.

Candlelight Community Center

1520 Candlelight, Houston

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