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We evaluate the North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP) in Texas by analyzing social media data (Twitter) to determine the public perception on a series of issues in the project. We analyze the pertinent tweets since the project announcement (2008 to 2021). Our initial analysis is based on three distinct periods in which the volume of tweets has changed according to notable events: 1) release of the alternative design by the agency and 2) project pause, using topic modeling. Our results show a long-term public opinion shift from project itself to community and demolition. Although ’Neighborhood and Homes’-related tweets were inconsiderable in 2015, they became a critical discussion issue when the project was paused. We suggest that public opinion mining should be implemented through different information sources to overcome challenges that exist in identifying the interaction between citizens and the mega urban infrastructure projects.

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