HOUSTON — Nearly 600 environmentalists, park advocates, joggers and others have objected to state highway department plans to widen a freeway from 14 to 24 lanes. State officials said it apparently would become the world's widest freeway.
The west section of Loop 610 is Houston's busiest freeway, with more than 225,000 cars a day using some stretches. Officials predict the number will surpass 350,000 by the year 2010.
Opponents say the expansion would cut into 3 1/2 acres of one of the city's largest parks, cost some residents their homes and create more noise.