$45 million in Houston road improvements

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Houston City Council has approved an agreement that will allow Harris County Precinct 1 to pay for additional street improvements worth millions of dollars within the Houston city limits by the end of 2016, a continuation of an arrangement Mayor Sylvester Turner negotiated with outgoing Commissioner Gene Locke in early 2016. The planned road projects are valued at $45 million.

“Houstonians are more concerned about seeing results than they are about which governmental entity is paying for them,” said Mayor Turner. “This is government working together to meet the needs of our shared constituents. It is city/county cooperation at its best.”

The county has begun construction projects on almost seven miles of City of Houston streets, including work near NRG Park in anticipation of Super Bowl LI. The Houston City Council vote on Wednesday clears the way for another five miles of city streets to be totally reconstructed or overlaid with asphalt by Harris County within the next four months.

The following City of Houston street segments were included in the agreement council action:

  • Amboy/Wayne from Liberty Road to Quitman
  • Carr Street from Mills to Quitman
  • Hiram Clarke Rd. from Beltway 8 to W. Fuqua
  • Lee Street from Semmes to Jensen
  • Noble Street from Jensen to Semmes
  • Ruth Street from Scott Street to dead-end
  • Scott Street from Elgin to Old Spanish Trail
  • Semmes Street from Lorraine to Campbell
  • Sumpter Street from Semmes to Jensen
  • Waco/Hirsch from I -10 to Clinton Drive

A previous Houston City Council action accounted for construction on the following streets:

  • Ardmore from Holcombe to Holly Hall
  • Bellfort from SH 288 to MLK Blvd.
  • Buffalo Speed Way from W. Fuqua to Anderson Road
  • Crosstimbers from IH 45 to Shepherd Drive
  • El Rio from IH 610 to Holly Hall
  • Holly Hall from Fannin to SH 288
  • Homestead Road from Laura Koppe to Parker
  • Knight Road from IH 610 to Fannin
  • McNee from South Main to Kirby
  • Yellowstone from SH 288 to Scott

In order to facilitate this agreement, the City of Houston must temporarily transfer these streets to the Harris County Road Log.  Once the work is finished, the streets will be transferred back to the City’s jurisdiction for ongoing maintenance.