Design work has begun to create significantly enhanced pedestrian crossings at six major IH-10 intersections after The Energy Corridor District Board of Directors in July approved a contract with Jacobs Engineering Group.
“Enhancing safety and access of busy intersections along IH-10 will improve connectivity between the north and south sides of the freeway, making it easier for pedestrians, cyclists and others to access destinations in The Energy Corridor,” explains Clark Martinson, The District’s general manager.
The project will also be designed to increase safety for drivers at these intersections, Martinson says.
Six intersections along IH-10 from Barker Cypress Rd. to Kirkwood Rd will be redesigned to enhance pedestrian ramps, crosswalks, shade structures, lighting and safety, while adding traffic signal improvements and enriching design aesthetics.
Jacobs’ Houston office earlier this year won the bid to develop the engineering design for the intersections. The effort is part of a nearly $25 million package of Transportation Improvement Projects approved by the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) in 2013 that will provide a variety of enhancements to Energy Corridor commuters, pedestrians and cyclists.
“Our mission is to create safer, more efficient ways to travel for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists,” says Martinson. “And the intersection project will ultimately bring an improved aesthetic streetscape to The Energy Corridor.”
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