HOUSTON – Houston officials held a news conference Tuesday to announce the official groundbreaking to “transform Hilcroft Avenue into a safer and more equitable road,” according to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
Turner said the city partnered with Together for Safer Roads in April 2019 to launch the first phase of the Houston Safer Streets program, an initiative aimed at making roads safer for pedestrians, drivers, cyclists and those who use public transportation.
The goal of the Gulfton-area redesign is to make the area as safe as possible for those who travel in the area and to connect commuters to different areas across town, according to Turner.
Turner said the project is broken into three segments:
- Gulfton between Hilcroft and Westward
- High Star between Rookin and Hillcroft
- Westward between Hilcroft and Gulfton
According to Turner, construction is underway in some areas. The new plan includes wider sidewalks, adding shared-use bikeways, installing new traffic signals, improved access to METRO bus stops, a hike and bike trail on Westward and travel lanes will be reduced from eight to six, Turner said. Community members will also see new color-coded crosswalks, curb ramps and crosswalks that will help make intersections safer.
Turner also spoke about the city street rehabilitation program that he announced in September. The program is designed to improve streets, curbs and gutters city-wide, Turner said.