Some good news from the inbox:
As part of an agreement approved by Houston City Council today, Harris County Precinct 1 will pay for additional street improvements worth millions of dollars within the Houston city limits by year’s end. This is a continuation of an arrangement Mayor Sylvester Turner and outgoing Commissioner Gene Locke negotiated earlier in the year. A total of $45 million of projects are planned.
“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.”
Harris County has already started work on about seven miles of City streets, including work around NRG Stadium in anticipation of Super Bowl 51. City Council’s vote today clears the way for another five plus miles of City streets to be totally reconstructed or overlaid with asphalt by Harris County in the next four months.
The following City street segments were included in today’s 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
Council’s previous action included:
- 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 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.
Here’s the Chron story on this. The second list contains the streets around NRG Stadium. This is the fulfillment of a promise Commissioner Locke made a few months ago, and kudos to him for it. I hope we see more of this from Commissioner Ellis next year and afterward.