HOUSTON -

Houston is getting a new area code. The 346 area code will be available on Tuesday, July 1.

According to the Public Utility Commission (PUC), the additional area code is needed to accommodate continued growth in and around Houston.

The North American Number Planning Administrator (NANPA) assigned the 346 area code after projecting that the three existing area codes, 713, 281 and 832, will run out of numbers by Sept. 30, 2014.

Beginning July 1 phone customers in the Houston area requesting new service, an additional line or a service location move may be assigned a number with the new 346 area code. However, phone providers may still have numbers available using the other three area codes.