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Texas Department of Transportation - Houston
7600 Washington Avenue
Hempstead Highway Frontage Roads
IH 610 to W. Little York
Severe congestion in peak periods; existing roadway does not meet current design standards; existing capacity does not meet future traffic demands; increased crashes because of uncontrolled turning movements along heavily urbanized corridor.
Reconstruct existing 4-lane center stripe open ditch roadway with unpaved shoulders to new concrete pavement with large median providing reserve for future main lane capacity improvement with grade separations and reserve for future high capacity transit; add sidewalk and shared use path; provide detention and new storm sewer system; add dedicated u-turns at cross streets and channelize movements and turning movements along the corridor.
Increase safety; channelize movements; reduce congestion; reduce flood potential; provide new concrete pavement with roadway and intersections in accordance with current design standards; and provide reserves for future main lane and future high capacity modes; and improve pedestrian and bike with addition a of paved sidewalk and joint use path along the length of the project.
11565, 11372, 11547, 11375
0912-72-922, 0912-72-923, 0912-72-924, 0912-14-218
More than $100 million
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Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Anticipated US Army Corps of Engineers Permits: Individual Permit (IP).
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Brings roadway up to existing standards
Replaces existing 4-lane asphalt roadway section with unpaved shoulders and open ditches with concrete paved surface, new storm sewer system, added detention facilities, and separate pedestrian/shared use path accommodations.
Enhances mobility and safety with channelized movements and addition of dedicated U-turns at signalized intersections.
Provides large median for future Hempstead Managed Lanes facility that will include express lanes overpassing cross streets and providing two-way High Occupancy Vehicle operations.
Provides 50 feet reserve for future High Capacity Transit corridor.
Enhances safety with relocating intersections further from existing UPRR freight track crossings.
Reduces significant maintenance costs of out-dated roadway which requires numerous overlays and repairs thus often reducing available travel lanes.
The improved roadway and channelizing of movements enhances existing safety and improves operations which should benefit existing businesses that line this corridor plus the new roadway will encourage redevelopment of areas that have seen decline or suffer from challenges with maintaining the roadway facility that serves as their access. The project also provides reserved space for the future Hempstead Managed Lanes and provisions for High Speed Transit operations which enhances multi-modal capability along the corridor and provides potential multi-use redevelopment and improved pedestrian/transit access.
Hempstead is part of the designated National Highway System (NHS). The proposed improvements improve mobility and local freight movements in the corridor which features significant industrial businesses and warehouses including a significant concentration of the ceramic tile and granite industry serving the region and beyond. This route compliments the US 290 parallel corridor. Additionally, the proposed improvements rebuild the roadway with a large center median to accommodate the future Hempstead Managed Lane facility enhancing two-way High Occupancy Vehicle (HOC) movements and increased mainlane capacity for the combined US 290/Hempstead Corridor. The project reconstruction also relocates the roadway to allow for future reserve for a 50 feet High Capacity Transit corridor. The improvements also enhance intersections with local cross streets improving mobility and safety. The existing roadway is 2-lanes each way with a center stripe, unpaved shoulders, and numerous driveways along the north side of the road. Turning movements are uncontrolled to these driveways and cross streets that T-intersect with Hempstead. Existing uncontrolled turning movements result in numerous crashes and congestion. The proposed improvements separate eastbound and westbound movements with a median and channelize flows along the corridor which improves safety and reduces congestion. The center median will allow the introduction of dedicated U-turn movements at cross street intersections which are not feasible today and will reduce intersection congestion at the numerous signalized cross streets.
The proposed improvements include three new detention pond facilities, new storm water facilities, and remove open ditch sections to be replaced with underground storm sewer, all of which will improve storm water handling, reduce flooding frequency, and the new concrete pavement with inlet structures will provide a more long-term reliable roadway surface less impacted by flooding and rain events versus the existing facility which features numerous asphalt overlays, unpaved shoulders, open ditches, and is susceptible to significant potholing which is exacerbated by flooding and heavy rain events. The new concrete pavement will also provide a much more reliable long-term roadway versus the significant maintenance operations required today to keep Hempstead functional.
Existing Hempstead has a large percentage of truck traffic especially considering the large amount of industrial development along the corridor and immediately north and south. Intersection turning radii are inadequate for these large trucks and the uncontrolled movements across the roadway result in significant stop and start conditions for these large vehicles which increases congestion. Proposed improvements will channelize movements, control turning operations and improve intersection operations including addition of exclusive U-turn movements. the proposed improvements shift Hempstead away from the existing Union Pacific Railroad corridor and provide for a 50 feet reserve for future High Capacity Transit. Additionally, existing bus stops will be improved and pedestrians will be moved away from close proximity to the existing UPRR freight track operations. The proposed improvements replace existing unpaved shoulders with adjacent open ditches with curb and gutter sections and separate pedestrian sidewalk and shared us path accommodations.
The existing facility is well past its pavement useful life and numerous asphalt overlays continue to be performed to extend the roadway life but this also requires significant maintenance efforts in repairing potholes and rutting along the facility. Additionally, the existing unpaved shoulders are impacted by rutting and sloughing especially from heavy trucks and heavy rain events. The proposed improvements will provide anew concrete pavement surface with a 30-year life drastically decreasing maintenance requirements and bringing the roadway to a state of good repair.
Houston-Galveston Area Council