Regular cyclists and patrons of West Houston’s crown jewel parks – Terry Hershey and George Bush – are encountering trail closures as work progresses on multiple projects by Harris County Precinct 3, Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
More than a dozen sites on the north side of Buffalo Bayou are closed to repair extensive erosion caused by last year’s spring floods that ravaged Houston, according to HCFCD. A three-month release of storm water from Addicks and Barker reservoirs exacerbated the need for emergency repairs. In addition, a major $72 million dam safety project long planned by USACE also necessitated trail closures along Barker and Addicks reservoirs.
Crews are working during daylight hours to repair the banks in Terry Hershey Park from Kirkwood to the Sam Houston Toll Road parking lot. Once the banks are repaired, Precinct Three Commissioner Steve Radack’s office will reconstruct and relocate park trails and improvements. Additional information about this project can be found here.
A 1.5-mile section of the South Barker Cypress Hike & Bike Trail in George Bush Park closed earlier in August to replace an old bridge. The bridge was replaced on time, and the trail is now open according to a January 3, 2017 Harris County Precinct 3 park advisory, although some minor repair work continues in that area.
The ongoing Addicks and Barker Dam safety construction project by USACE has closed other trails until 2019, including the Noble Road hike-and-bike trail and the Terry Hershey Extension Trail, behind the Addicks Park and Ride, to Eldrige Parkway.
Park patrons are encouraged to exercise caution and keep away from heavy equipment in work areas. Keep up to date with trail closures by frequently visiting http://www.pct3.com. Questions about any of the repair projects can be answered by contacting Harris County Precinct 3 at 281-531-1592.