The Texas Department of Transportation has completed its environmental assessment of a $115 million overhaul of Shepherd and Durham drives through the Heights area, and as of Jan. 14 the agency is accepting public comments on its plans.

The project spans both key corridors from Loop 610 to I-10 and calls for reducing the number of travel lanes from four to three, adding a bike lane and installing sidewalks throughout. It also calls for redesigned intersections with dedicated turn lanes to reduce crash risks, as well as new lighting, landscaping and stormwater drainage.

The project is split into two phases, with 15th Street as the midpoint between the two. The project will require less than a tenth of an acre to be acquired for right of way.

A public hearing video covering the project plan and environmental assessment is available from the Memorial Heights Redevelopment Authority. Comments are being collected until Jan. 29 and can be submitted through the project website, by email to [email protected], by phone at 832-429-6237 or by mail to the MHRA: 1980 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 1380, Houston, TX 77056.

The next steps include finalizing the design schematics, receiving an environmental decision and bidding for contracts. Construction is expected to begin on Phase 1 by the end of 2021, with Phase 2 following in 2023.