Three projects to watch for in the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose areas.
Correction: The Memorial Park bicycle pedestrian connection is not funded for construction in the current Houston-Galveston Area Council plan for 2022, but the project could return for consideration or could be eligible for funding if additional resources become available.
Memorial Park-area trail projects
The Houston-Galveston Area Council has approved funding for two Memorial Park-area projects slated for construction in fiscal year 2021-22 under the direction of the Texas Department of Transportation. A third project is eligible to compete in a future round of funding calls in 2021.
A: The Memorial Park bicycle pedestrian connection proposes a 10-foot wide concrete shared-use path from the Memorial Park trail entrance at Washington Avenue/Westcott Street to Cohn Street, where it will tie into the existing pedestrian bridge over I-10, which will be widened with new railings to accommodate the wider path. Intersection improvements at Washington/Westcott are also planned. This project was not funded for construction in the current funding cycle.
B: The MKT-White Oak Bayou connection will add a 10-foot wide shared use path with striping, bridge railing, pavement markings and signage.
C: The Northwest Transit Center/Memorial Park/Heights shared-use path would bring a mix of trail upgrades, new concrete paths, improved intersections, signage and railings to 4.3 miles of path connecting the transit center near Old Katy Road and Post Oak Boulevard to the Heights Hike and Bike Trail.
Cost: $5.85 million
Funding sources: H-GAC, TxDOT
Roseland-area paving, sidewalks and drainage
This capital improvement project is halfway through the design phase, according to city documents, with construction pushed back one year from original estimates. The project will replace existing roadways with 22- or 26-foot rights of way with concrete, curbs and gutters with underground drainage as well as repaved sidewalks and driveways. A 6-foot sidewalk will be built along the city’s designated corridor connector streets, including Kyle, Roseland, Stanford and Greeley streets. A 5-foot sidewalk will be included on all other streets.
Cost: $4.43 million
Funding sources: city of Houston
Shepherd and Durham paving and drainage
Houston’s Capital Improvement Program has approved a project slated for 2020 to overhaul Shepherd and Durham drives from Washington Avenue to Dickson Street, delayed from its original 2017 start date. The project will include new concrete paving with storm drainage, curbs, sidewalks, driveways, street lighting and underground utility lines. Interior streets Lillian, Rose, Floyd, Blossom and Gibson will receive improvements as well.
Timeline: February 2020-May 2021
Cost: $10.62 million
Funding sources: city of Houston, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County