Roads, drainage and trails: 4 Heights-area transportation project updates to know

Road work in the Heights
Proposed projects for the Heights area include updating traffic signals at Yale and Center streets. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Proposed projects for the Heights area include updating traffic signals at Yale and Center streets. (Courtesy Fotolia)

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Heights Boulevard/MKT Trail pedestrian/bicycle safety
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Memorial Heights-area paving and drainage project
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Hempstead Road reconstruction
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Yale and Center intersection
The Memorial Heights Tax-Increment Reinvestment Zone, city of Houston and the Texas Department of Transportation have projects in various stages throughout the Greater Heights area. Here are four updates to know from July 2020.


Memorial Heights-area paving and drainage project: A project aimed at improving neighborhood streets between Heights Boulevard and Studemont Street was planned to begin construction this fall, but it has since been pushed back one year in the city of Houston capital improvement plan. The project will put in new paving with drainage, curbs, sidewalks and driveways as well as street lighting and underground utilities along Hicks, Center, Harvard, Wagner, East, Lakin, Court, Wichman, High and Home streets.

Cost: $12.1 million

Timeline: Fall 2021-TBD

Funding source: city of Houston

Yale and Center intersection: A project slated for fiscal year 2019-20 will reconstruct the intersection and replace and update the signals and crosswalks at Yale and Center streets, where car crashes are a concern.

Timeline: TBD

Cost: $969,750

Funding source: Memorial Heights Tax-Increment Reinvestment Zone


Heights Boulevard/MKT Trail pedestrian/bicycle safety: A project to bring bicycle and pedestrian improvements to two intersections in the Heights area was nearing completion of its design phase in July. Construction could begin by the end of the year. Updates to trail wayfinding, restriping bike lanes and improving connectivity are all targeted for the intersection of Heights Boulevard and the MKT Trail and at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Heights.

Timeline: 2020-21

Cost: $1.36 million

Funding source: Memorial Heights Tax-Increment Reinvestment Zone

Hempstead Road reconstruction: The Texas Department of Transportation is continuing work on Hempstead Road north of I-10 inside Loop 610. The project is nearing 30% completion as of June, according to reports filed by James Construction Group. The project is upgrading the four-lane roadway to six lanes and is rebuilding three railroad underpasses. The project will also add sidewalks, curb ramps, storm drainage culverts and new traffic signals at 11th and 12th streets.

Timeline: February 2018-February 2022

Cost: $55.23 million

Funding source: TxDOT
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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