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Grand Parkway Segment E

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Thursday, January 31, 2008 @ 5:00, is the deadline for submitting comments on the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Grand Parkway Segment E. I made the map below to provide as part of our comments and thought others might find it interesting. Please feel free to print this out and send it in with your own comments.

The interesting part of this map is that it shows that there is very little population (and jobs) in between I-10 and 290 and that this is expected to change rapidly if the Grand Parkway is put in. The population and jobs numbers come from the Houston-Galveston Area Council's forecasts for the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan, which assumes that the Grand Parkway will be built and that some amount of development will occur here as a result. The area inside this 3 mile buffer, but outside the two circles at the intersections with I-10 and 290, is expected to have a population growth rate of 529% from 2005 to 2035 but a jobs growth rate of only 140% (starting from a very small number as well). So most of the working people who are included in that population growth will necessarily be driving on the proposed Grand Parkway to either I-10 or 290 to get to their jobs, adding to congestion on those freeways.

TxDOT, HCTRA, and the Grand Parkway Association are engaged in planning here, and they are planning for all of these future residents to drive a lot. There are various other ways we could be planning for the future of the Houston region.

The Grand Parkway Association page on Segment E

Comments can be made online, or can be sent via email, or you can mail them to the address below:

David Gornet
Executive Director
Grand Parkway Association
4544 Post Oak Place
Suite 222
Houston, TX 77027

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