Nearly $25 million in Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) projects for The Energy Corridor have been approved by the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC).
From intersections and sidewalks, to traffic flow, drainage and lighting, the TIP projects will bring a host of enhancements to Energy Corridor commuters and pedestrians. The projects are sponsored by a combination of The Energy Corridor District, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and The City of Houston.
“Improving transportation and mobility in The Energy Corridor is one of our prime missions,” explains John Nunez, Transportation Manager for The Energy Corridor District. “These five projects will bring significant upgrades to several busy Energy Corridor roadways and intersections. The end result will be safer, more efficient ways to travel for both drivers and pedestrians.”
A total of $24.73 million in Energy Corridor projects were approved by H-GAC Transportation Policy Council, which provides policy guidance and overall coordination of transportation planning activities within the Houston region.
Memorial Drive from N. Eldridge Parkway to N. Kirkwood Rd. will be reconstructed and widened to a four-lane divided road, in a large $15.5 million project that will bring intersection, traffic signal, lighting, sidewalk and drainage improvements to travelers in the area. Drainage ditches will be replaced with storm sewers and the Turkey Creek bridge will be rebuilt. More than $13 million of the cost will be funded by the federal government, while the City of Houston chips in another $3.3 million.
Along State Highway 6, $3.25 million of improvements will be made to medians, intersections and pedestrian treatments from US 290 to IH 10. TxDOT will contribute $1.95 million, while the federal government adds $1.3 million.
IH-10 will see significant enhancements to help both drivers and pedestrians.
The freeway will be reconfigured from 10 to 12 lanes west of SH 6 to Beltway 8 in a $3 million transportation improvement effort. Intersections along the route will also see upgrades. TxDOT will fund $600,000 of the project, with the remaining $2.4 million coming from the federal government.
From Barker Cypress Rd. to Kirkwood Rd, six intersections along IH-10 will get enhanced pedestrian ramps, crosswalks, signal improvements, lighting, safety and aesthetic enrichments. Of the $2.6 million estimated to complete the project, the federal government will provide $2.09 million, with a local contribution of $522,000.
That work will begin with a $412,000 preliminary engineering design for those six intersections, with $330,000 in federal funds and $82,522 in local support.
“We are excited to see these projects get the green light, as they will help drivers, cyclists and pedestrians,” says Nunez. “The Energy Corridor District will continue its work to bring improved transportation and transportation alternatives to West Houston.”
The H-GAC’s Transportation Policy Council provides policy guidance and overall coordination of the region’s transportation and air quality planning activities. The Council consists of 26 members representing cities and counties, TxDOT, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) and three at-large members appointed by the H-GAC Board of Directors.
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