Residents concerned after 55 street lights along Bellaire removed

Street lights removed for road improvement project

By Jennifer Bauer - Reporter

HOUSTON - A section of Bellaire Boulevard between Rogerdale and Osage in southwest Houston has gone dark and residents are worried it's making their neighborhood dangerous.

Fifty-five street lights have been removed because of a road improvement project. There are construction barrels and road closure signs up everywhere but street lights are lacking.

"There's a wreck, after wreck, after wreck," said Tom Denning.

Denning's mom lives a few feet from the construction zone.

"There's no lights, no crossings, people just cross," said Denning. "They don't slow down. They've killed two of them."

Denning is referring to two deadly auto pedestrian accidents along that section of Bellaire Boulevard. In both accidents the pedestrians were attempting to cross the street in the middle of the construction when they were hit.

The accidents have gotten the attention of Houston City Councilman Mike Laster and others.

"We will be encouraging the Public Works Department to consider other safety measures," Laster said. "For all the residents in the area who travel back and forth across that road, we encourage you please to not cross in the middle of the road."

Laster also encouraged drivers to slow down and be aware of people in that area.

The city and the construction project contractors have agreed to put up more orange barrels and signs directing people where to safely cross. They're also considering lowering the speed limit in the area. Right now it is 35.

The $25 million road improvement project is expected to be complete by October 2014.

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