Stella Link bridge, Imperial and Mayfair streets, Woodshire improvements: transportation updates to know in July 2019

Learn about four local projects affecting the Bellaire, Meyerland and West University area.

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Hwy. 59/I-69 planning and environmental linkage study
The Texas Department of Transportation is in the midst of a multiyear planning and environmental linkage study of the Hwy. 59/I-69 corridor, also known as the Southwest Freeway, from Spur 527 to Beltway 8. The high-level study identifies problems, proposes solutions and develops a case for pursuing them, according to TxDOT. It will also identify environmental constraints and potential future projects. Once the study is completed in summer 2020, the process will continue with a separate in-depth environmental study.
Cost: $2.5 million
Timeline: winter 2017-summer 2020
Funding source: TxDOT

Stella Link Road bridge construction
The Harris County Flood Control District is planning to begin construction on the portion of Stella Link Road that runs over Brays Bayou to compensate for the bayou’s widening as a part of the Brays Bayou Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project. Partial or full lane closures could be expected as a result of the construction.
Timeline: fall 2019-fall 2020
Cost: $7.89 million
Funding sources: Army Corps of Engineers, HCFCD

Imperial and Mayfair streets and drainage project
The city of Bellaire has almost completed work on portions of Imperial Street and Mayfair Street. The construction of the two streets involves replacing the existing roadways, adding portions of sidewalks and adding underground drainage and detention storm sewer lines. The work is funded by the Bonds for Better Bellaire approved by voters in 2016.
Timeline: fall 2018-fall 2019
Cost: part of $4.8 million allocated for Imperial, Mayfair, Linden and Willow streets reconstruction
Funding source: city of Bellaire

Woodshire north area drainage and pavement
The city of Houston is almost done with the construction of stormwater drainage, utility upgrades and pavement improvements to the streets in the Woodshire area. Construction of the first phase is 80% complete, according to the city of Houston. The phase covers the streets from Glenshire Drive to Breakwood Drive and Fordshire Drive to Bassoon Drive.
Timeline: fall 2017-summer 2019
Cost: $14.11 million
Funding source: city of Houston



Houston continues investment in 2020 census outreach

Houston City Council approved the second half of a $1.5 million contract

South Braeswood detention sites
Harris County Flood Control District to begin construction on South Braeswood Boulevard detention site

Construction could begin within a few days and take up to four months to complete.

Meyer Neighborhood Public Library
Houston OK's contract to design new library for Westbury, Meyerland area

A new library in a new location will take its place.

The Houston teachers union has joined a lawsuit filed by Houston ISD trustees to block the state takeover. (Matt Dulin/Community Impact Newspaper)
Houston ISD teachers union seeks federal intervention to block state takeover

The union says a takeover disenfranchises people based on race and national origin and invalidates their voting rights.

At the annual State of the County address Nov. 15, County Judge Lina Hidalgo spoke on several initiatives launched in 2019, including criminal justice reform and emergency recovery, among other topics. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lina Hidalgo reflects on boundary-pushing first year in State of the County address

Early childhood development will be major focus of 2020, Hidalgo said.

River Oaks Baptist School expansion
Houston private schools experiencing enrollment, building boom

Private school Houston enrollment is growing, while national trends show declines.

Houston Private School Guide 2019: K-12 schools, tuition, enrollment, deadlines

Parents have a variety of education options beyond the public school system. This guide includes a list of area private schools as well as information to help parents make the best decision for their children. Would you like to suggest a school to include in our guide next year? Leave us a suggestion in the comments or send an email to

Meyergrove Apartments detention pond
Harris County Flood Control district buys former Meyerland apartment site for detention

After enduring multiple floods, the demolished Meyergrove Apartment property located at North Braeswood and I-610 could soon become a flood mitigation project in the Brays Bayou watershed.

Iora Primary Care continues expansion with Braeburn location

Health care provider Iora Primary Care opened a clinic at 6613 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston, on Nov. 5, its sixth clinic in the Houston area.

Courtesy Memorial Hermann
Memorial Hermann opens urgent care clinic near West University

A Memorial Hermann Urgent Care clinic opened Nov. 13 at 3501 West Holcombe Blvd. near West University

McHugh Tea Room
McHugh Tea Room and Gifts: Business owner steeps Bellaire in tea culture and knowledge

Kim McHugh’s obsession with tea began with a concern for the health of her husband, who would drink multiple cups of tea a day.

Co-owners Sara Saber, left, and Carin Giga opened Three Dog Bakery in Rice Village in September 2018. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
Three Dog Bakery: Pet-friendly store creates pastries and treats for furry friends

The display case at the front counter of Three Dog Bakery is filled with a variety of creatively designed and named cookies and cakes, though none of them are meant for people to eat.

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