Dunlavy Street, White Oak Drive and other transportation updates for July 2019

Dunlavy Street paving improvements

Two sections of Dunlavy Street are slated to undergo construction this year and next year. The first, (A) from West Main Street to Richmond Avenue, will improve the road surface with concrete, as well as place new curbs, gutters and sidewalks. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer with a cost of $1.91 million. (B) Another project, now in the design phase, will provide similar updates from Peden Street to West Dallas Street, with construction scheduled for summer 2020 and budgeted for $4.94 million. Updates for both also include street lighting and driveways.
Timeline: summer 2019-summer 2021
Cost: $6.85 million
Funding source: city of Houston

White Oak Drive/Houston Avenue intersection improvements

A project to redesign the intersection of White Oak Drive at Houston Avenue wrapped up construction in May. The project was aimed at reducing driver confusion and addressing safety concerns for traffic and pedestrians. Crews demolished and rebuilt pavement, sidewalks, and traffic signals; added a shared use path, bicycle and pedestrian facilities; and updated the landscaping.
Timeline: August 2018-May 2019
Cost: $1.23 million
Funding sources: Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 5 (Memorial Heights)

I-45 project planners looking for potential civic partnerships
I-45 project planners looking for potential civic partnerships
When the planned overhaul of I-45 is completed, new parks and public space could generate an economic impact of up to $9 billion, according to a presentation by Bob Eury, president of the downtown development organization Central Houston to Houston City Council’s Transportation Technology and Infrastructure Committee on June 13.

The North Houston Highway Improvement Project calls for an expansion and realignment of I-45. Roadway work could be completed in 2028, with civic improvements added in the following years, according to the presentation.

Renderings of the proposed projects included expanded green space and a marketplace at Buffalo Bayou and a park on the (A) Pierce Elevated from Montrose to Downtown. These concepts will require significant investment, Eury said.

The presentation listed potential partners, such as the Houston First Corporation, the Houston Galveston Area Council, and local management districts.

Houston City Council Member Karla Cisneros, whose district includes parts of the Heights and Northside, said despite the potential benefits, the overhaul would contribute to poor air quality and cut too to close nearby schools.

Public comment on the project will be collected through the end of 2019.

By 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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