A transportation research group in Washington D.C. has listed the state's top 100 transportation challenges or trouble spots. Two of the top 10 are Interstate 45 in Houston.It names the sections between 610 and Beltway 8 to the south and between Interstate 10 and 610 in the north as having significant congestion and deterioration.It also lists the 610-59 exchange in the Galleria area as the third worst trouble spot in the city and 18th overall.Frank Moretti with TRIP, the group that did the study, says we are paying for the problems with vehicle damage, lost time in traffic and crashes. He says Texas is underfunding transportation projects."Obviously looking at the level of growth and the congestion level is expected to get worse in the state."TXDoT spokesman Mike Alford has read the report and agrees with it. He says I-45 is on their radar. They are in the environmental study stage right now."We're looking at alternatives with the public and discussing it with them."Nothing is off the table, including tunnels. However, there is no money earmarked for the project.TRIP is a non-profit funded by insurance companies, equipment manufacturers, distributors and suppliers, labor unions, and other businesses involved in highway construction and engineering.
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