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City of Houston -Houston Public Works
IH610 to IH10
The City of Houston is participating in a FEMA Technical Assistance Initiative to promote Supply Chain Resilience related to the Grocery Sector. Supply Chain Logistics is extremely complex, and its integrity can be impacted during weather related and other significant events. The purpose of the technical assistance program is to equip participating jurisdictions with the skills and tools to maintain grocery distribution within communities that become “land locked” from uncontrollable events. Studies show that most jurisdictions have ample stockpiles to meet the demand accrued from extreme events, but aging or overburdened infrastructure hinders access to distribution routes.
Emergency Preparedness Models are being challenged to include Grocery Resilience as a core necessity similar to Water, Power, Shelter and Transportation. Cities are encouraged to identify distribution centers and evaluate their capability to meet the demand and identify any hindering effects to transportation routes.
Gelhorn is a 0.7 mile 4-lane roadway that serves an industrial/commercial distribution area between IH610 and IH10. The pavement has severe cracking and potholes. There is a narrow 4ft sidewalks that is not continuous along the proposed limits and no ADA compliant crosswalks. The area serves a major grocery chain distribution center, Food Bank, and other commercial distributors. 28% of the traffic is from heavy trucks that serve the adjacent businesses.
The road is also in poor condition and has had several maintenance repairs. Flooding occurs frequently during heavy storms causing disruption to business delivery and daily operations. Channel improvements have been identified by HCFCD to improve conveyance.
The proposed project would reconstruct the roadway with the existing 4-lanes, median turn lanes, and on-street buffered bicycle facility. The project would also include 6ft sidewalks, and ADA compliant ramps and crosswalks creating better pedestrian connectivity and improved accessibility to existing transit. The project will upgrade underground utilities.
Improvement to the H-103-00-00 tributary by Harris County Flood Control District has been listed on the HCFCD bond package. Construction of the drainage and roadway improvements will improve the resilience of this grocery center distribution network and nearby industrial businesses.
Improved grocery distribution resilience.
Improved freight connector between IH-610. and IH-10
Improved Intersection Operation through turn lanes at medians.
Improved pedestrian safety, pedestrian mobility, and transit access with continuous 6ft sidewalks.
Bicycle mobility will also be improved with added 5ft buffered bicycle facility and connections to adjacent bike corridors per the Houston Bike Plan.
Improve pavement surface, and more durable pavement standard for heavy truck traffic and extended service life.
Less than $100 million
(Maintain) Infrastructure Resiliency
View Uploaded File: HPW PreAp letter.pdf
Categorical Exclusion (CE)
City of Houston conducted a pre-engineering study on the roadway. See attached report.
Support Letters: Kroger's, Houston Food Bank
Channel Improvements have been identified on Harris County Flood Control District bond election for Channel H-103-00-00, see page 7 of bond list
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The roadway is in much need of repair due heavy truck traffic. Additional, heavy rainfalls in the area frequently flood the roadway causing impediments to logistics from the adjacent distribution centers.
The combination of this roadway improvement project and Harris County Flood Control District bond project will improve grocery resilience and overall resilience of the region during storm events.
Gelhorn is not listed on a designated freight system, but does connect to both IH-10 and IH-610 which are on the National Highway Freight Plan.
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City of Houston Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan
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Houston-Galveston Area Council