The need to keep the momentum moving on improving Energy Corridor mobility was kept front-and-center by The Energy Corridor District (ECD) during the City of Houston’s Annual Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) hearings.
Continuing his role as a determined mobility advocate for West Houston, Clark Martinson, ECD’s general manager, presented project reports and requests at the annual CIP public meetings for council districts G and A.
The CIP is the blueprint for getting significant street, drainage and parks projects designed and completed. Each year, the City of Houston conducts public meetings on the CIP, hearing citizen input prior to preparing a five-year budget that prioritizes and funds infrastructure improvements as part of Rebuild Houston.
“We work closely with the city to ensure that needed West Houston projects get on the Rebuild Houston slate,” explains Martinson. “Each year we submit a report during the hearings for districts A and G, reviewing major projects that have either been completed, are underway or are sorely needed.”
Council District G sprawls south of I-10, while District A covers the area north of the freeway. Combined, the two districts west of Kirkwood represent The Energy Corridor. CIP meetings are hosted by City Council members, along with top decision-makers from the City’s Public Works & Engineering, finance and Parks & Recreation departments
Since The Energy Corridor District was created in 2001, it has played a key role in getting major infrastructure projects completed, from providing design and planning, to coordinating funding and construction.
For the 2015-2019 District A CIP, Martinson requested improvements to recreational trails, sidewalks and intersections:
- Cullen to Bush Park Trail (City of Houston General Services Department, Parks and Recreation, and ECD)
- SH 6 sidewalks and bicycling improvements;
- Park Row at Eldridge Parkway intersection and widening;
The Energy Corridor District also laid out requests for substantial projects beyond this year’s CIP, including a forward-thinking plan to redevelop and evolve the Addicks Park and Ride into the Energy Corridor Livable Center, with residential, offices and retail built around a multi-modal transit center.
Improving mobility in The Energy Corridor is a key mission for The District. Martinson shared the progress on the West Houston Mobility Plan study designed to rethink transportation in a large swath of West Houston. Spearheaded by the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), the West Houston Mobility Plan brings together the City of Houston and municipal management districts, including the ECD.
Completed or planned District G Energy Corridor CIP projects include:
- Eldridge Parkway widening and pedestrian improvements (concept design by ECD);
- Memorial Drive reconstruction from Eldridge to SH 6;
- Grisby at SH 6 traffic signals;
- Addicks Howell Road reconstruction and trails;
- Memorial Drive sidewalks (New Freedom construction by ECD);
- Fortsmith Street "Woonerf" (design and construction by ECD)
- I-10 Intersections pedestrian and bicycle Enhancements (by TxDOT and ECD);
- West Houston Mobility Plan projects.
Current Energy Corridor District A projects include:
- Park Row Completion Project (Energy Corridor 380 Economic Development Area)
- Park Row street lights (Energy Corridor 380)
- Park Row landscape improvements and adopt-an-esplanade (Energy Corridor 380)
- Park Row sidewalks Park Line to Addicks Park & Ride Drive
- I-10 Intersections Pedestrian Enhancement Project
- Future Patterson / Eldridge Shared-Use Trail connecting Cullen, Bear Creek and Terry Hershey Parks to the Addicks Dam - Chatterton Trail
For an overview of The Energy Corridor District’s Regional Transportation Strategy, energycorridor.org/mobility