11th Street bikeway, Shepherd Drive reconstruction, Montrose streets: 3 transportation updates to know

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Shepherd Drive reconstruction

An effort to improve Shepherd Drive from Westheimer Road to Hwy. 59 is in the design phase and should be complete by early April after a year of review, Upper Kirby Projects Director Lee Cisneros said. A construction contract is expected to go out to bids in June with construction starting soon after under the direction of the Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority. Improvements will include concrete pavement, sidewalks and drainage.

Timeline: July 2019-July 2021

Cost: $10 million

Funding sources: Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority, city of Houston

 

11th Street bikeway and safety improvements

City planners are collecting public input on a proposed “road diet” for 11th Street from North Shepherd Drive to Michaux Street that would reconfigure the four-lane roadway into two travel lanes with a middle turn lane and bikeways on both sides of the street. These measures are intended to reduce accidents and improve safety under the Houston Bike Plan, officials said. According to data compiled by the city, this section of the roadway has had more than 500 crashes since 2010 and 94 traffic-related 311 calls in 2019 alone. Federal safety data indicates that road diets—limiting travel lanes and adding pedestrian-friendly features—can reduce crashes by up to 47 percent. If the plan moves forward, the road redesign would be added to a future capital improvement plan. Until then, cost and construction timelines are undetermined. Public comments and questions can be sent to bikeways@houstontx.gov.

Timeline: TBD

Cost: TBD

Funding sources: city of Houston

Montrose streets and drainage

A multiyear project to reconstruct 11 neighborhood streets—Sul Ross, Branard, West Main, Colquitt, Roseland, Stanford, Greeley, Jack, Garrott, Bute and Brandt streets—in Montrose is almost complete, city officials said. The project installed new concrete pavement with curbs and sidewalks, storm sewers, water and sanitary sewer mains as well as improved stormwater drainage and utility lines. The neighborhood, First Montrose Commons, is a designated historic district. Almost 1,000 residents were directly affected during construction, according to city estimates.

Timeline: November 2016–late spring 2019

Cost: $17.4 million

Funding sources: city of Houston

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Matt Dulin
Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.
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