Work halts on surprise road signs in Clear Lake

Clear Lake-area residents were surprised this week to find four large electronic road signs being erected at major intersections.

The work has since halted as Houston City Council Member Dave Martin of District E, which represents the Clear Lake area, investigates the issue.

The dynamic road signs, which display traffic information, were being installed at the intersections of Clear Lake City and Space Center boulevards, Bay Area and Space Center boulevards, Bay Area Boulevard and El Camino Real, and El Dorado and Hwy. 3. According to Martin and an anonymous resident who reached out to Community Impact Newspaper, neighbors were not made aware signs would be installed before work began.

The anonymous neighbor said residents were angered by the surprise and also concerned the installations would require the removal of mature trees that obstruct the signs.

Martin confirmed with Houston Public Works Director Carol Haddock the signs are part of public works' Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grant Program, according to a press release.

“Councilmember Martin has made it clear to HPW it was completely unacceptable for the contractor to begin work without project notification,” the release reads.

Haddock requested work on these signs stop at all locations within Clear Lake. Residents will see crews on site securing and improving safety at the signs over the next few days, according to the release.

The District E office plans to unveil the next steps on the signs by the end of the month. For more information, contact 832-393-3008 or districte@houstontx.gov.
By Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

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