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City of Meadows Place
1 Troyan Drive
City of Stafford
Meadows Place-Stafford Shared-Use Path
Fort Bend County
Centerpoint Easement/Fountain Lake Drive
Meadows Place north city limits to The Fountains retail center
The project would provide a convenient pedestrian and bicycle route from Meadows Place and Stafford to The Fountains retail center which contains a movie theater, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Along the route there are parks, schools, and recreational activities. The route would serve single family residential and multiple apartment complexes. Some segments of sidewalk are also proposed to fill gaps in the existing pedestrian network to complete connections to the proposed shared-use path. Meadows Place also has sharrow on Dorrance Lane from IH-69 to Dairy Ashford Road.
The only current route for pedestrians and bicycles to travel from the area to be served by the proposed shared-use path would be Kirkwood Road, which has an average daily traffic volume of approximately 33,000 based on HGAC modeling for the project. Users would then need to use Sugar Grove Boulevard to Sugardale Drive as the IH-69 frontage road does not have sidewalks in this area.
Activity would begin with design and environmental clearance of the proposed shared-use path and associated activities. Upon completion of the design and environmental clearance, construction could begin as soon as Meadows Place modifies their existing permit with Centerpoint and Stafford negotiates their permit. Construction and Construction inspection are also requested for funding.
The proposed project includes a shared-use path within the Centerpoint easement from the north Meadows Place city limit line to Fountain Lake Drive in Stafford. Two options are being considered for Fountain Lake Drive. Option 1 would require obtaining right-of-way or easements to construct a shared-use path alongside Fountain Lake Drive. Option 2 would be to re-stripe the roadway to provide bike lanes or wide sharrow lanes.
The proposed project would also provide a shared-use path from the main proposed corridor to Kirkwood Road within an existing drainage easement. Kirkwood Road will be reconstructed in 2019 and the cross section will be changed from a boulevard section to a two lane roadway with roundabouts at each of the four residential street intersections. A eight foot to ten foot wide sidewalk will be constructed on the west side of Kirkwood Road with the roadway reconstruction project.
Sidewalk extensions are proposed in several locations to connect existing sidewalks to the proposed shared-use path. These sidewalk connections will ensure continuity for pedestrians along the corridor. In addition, a existing section of Meadows Place south of West Airport Boulevard does not currently have good pedestrian access to the rest of Meadows Place, including the elementary school, parks, pool, and recreational center.
The proposed shared use path will cross several streets at midblock locations. West Airport Boulevard is a major thoroughfare that carries more than 30,000 vehicles per day. A pedestrian hybrid signal is planned at this location due to the number of vehicles on the roadway. The rest of the roadways are collector or local streets and the crossings can be handled with static signs or possibly some form of flashing beacons (rapid reflecting flashing beacon or similar) which will be determined during design.
There are two trailshead options with an existing gravel parking lot in Meadows place and a concrete parking lot in Stafford. Meadows Place would like to construct an additional parking lot or expand the existing parking lot to accommodate additional activity.
Amenities are also planned along the corridor which include lighting, benches or other seating options, water fountains, and pedestrian bridges to the Meadows Place Discovery Center and North American University in Stafford. Bike racks are existing at several locations and would also be added at additional locations.
The primary outcome to be achieved by this project would be to provide a bicycle and pedestrian connections that serves two cities and provides connections to schools, parks, restaurants and entertainment areas. With several sidewalk extensions, incomplete pedestrian routes would also be completed and a section of Meadows Place that is separated from the rest of the City would have a new opportunity to walk or bike to school or park facilities.
The project would support work opportunities for residents in Meadows Place, Stafford, and students staying at North American University to access jobs in The Fountains without the need to use a car.
Meadows Place hosts Monarch Madness which brings visitors from the region to view migrating Monarch butterflies. Meadows Place has been working with CenterPoint to replace existing vegetation within the easement with plants that support the Monarch butterfly migration. Other activities with this event are the Home and Garden Craft Vendor show, instructions on how to create a butterfly garden, identifying native milkweed, make crafts, petting zoo, train ride, inflatables, games, and food trucks. The proposed trail will open up more areas for butterfly viewing and parking.
Overall, this project will support bicycle and pedestrian access to schools, parks, recreational activities and jobs within the area.
Less than $100 million
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Categorical Exclusion (CE)
1 or 2 depending on the option selected
1 parcel (easement) for existing section of shared-use path in Meadows Place.
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Initial coordination has occurred with the City of Stafford and the Houston Parks Board. Stafford is a co-sponsor for this proposed project and the Houston Parks Board has expressed interest in making a connection to the Keegans Bayou trail system (see letters of commitment). Both Meadows Place and Stafford are ready to move this project forward as soon as possible but ultimate schedule will be based on funding schedule from H-GAC.
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Fort Bend Subregional Plan - Page 170
Houston-Galveston Area Council