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Statement on TX Transportation Commission Decision on NHHIP

Published Aug 31, 2021 by A.J. Mistretta

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Statement Attributable to Bob Harvey, President and CEO, Greater Houston Partnership

"We are pleased the Texas Transportation Commission has maintained the NHHIP within the state’s master transportation plan. We believe the project offers an unprecedented opportunity to improve Houston’s transportation safety and mobility, and we appreciate TxDOT’s continued investment in the Houston region. We will work closely with local and state leaders to resolve any outstanding issues with the Federal Highway Administration over the next 90 days, as outlined by TxDOT, so that we can move this transformational project forward."
 

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