TRANSPORTATION UPDATE: West Alabama improvements to kick off this fall

A project is expected to be put out for construction bids by the city of Houston May 13 that involves making paving and drainage improvements to a segment of West Alabama Street between Weslayan Street and Buffalo Speedway.

The city expects to award the contract late this summer, according to Erin Jones, a public information officer with the city. Construction is expected to begin this fall, and completion is estimated for the winter of 2022. Improvements include new concrete streets with storm drainage, new curbs, sidewalks, driveways, street lighting and updates to underground utility infrastructure.

The $15.87 million project is one of four on West Alabama being tackled by several groups. The city of Houston is also nearing the end of the design phase of a $22.5 million improvement project between Shepherd Drive and Spur 527, though no construction timelines have been set.

Meanwhile, the Upper Kirby tax investment improvement zone has plans to take on improvements between Buffalo Speedway and Shepherd, a project that could begin later this year or in 2022. The Midtown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone will make improvements from Spur 527 to Chenevert Street. A five-year strategic framework adopted by the TIRZ in 2018 indicates that reconstruction effort would be done in coordination with the city of Houston and could begin in 2023.

Timeline: fall 2021-winter 2022


Cost: $15.87 million

Funding sources: Dedicated Drainage and Street Renewal Fund, Houston Public Works


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