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Greater East End Management District
Managing Director of Economic Development and Infrastructure
3211 Harrisburg Boulevard
East End District - Sampson York Corridor Improvement Project
Sampson Street, York Street, and Navigation Boulevard
The Sampson-York Corridors southern terminus is directly south of Harrisburg Blvd and the northern terminus is near Navigation Blvd with a proposed trail that would extend to the Buffalo Bayou trail near Marron Park as well as to the Navigation Blvd Esplanade extension. Improvements to extend the existing Navigation Blvd Esplanade from Delano Street to the Sampson corridor is also included in the proposed project. The project totals approximately 3 miles.
Primary problems to be addressed include: safety enhancements to provide/promote walkability, bike access, transit access, and efficient mobility for all modes. This project was identified as a need in the East End Mobility Study, completed in 2012 and supports the Gulf Coast Rail District’s West Belt Improvements along York Street that will “enhance safety, mobility, air quality, and emergency response time by eliminating at-grade railroad crossing”.
This project will also support future changes to both Sampson and York Streets by improving future two-way operations and safety for all modes. The project will also provide north/south pedestrian and bicycle connectivity within the East End between existing hike and bike trails and multiple transit points along both bus and light rail routes.
This project will significantly address livability and increased access within the community by enhancing walking, biking, and intersection operations. This project will follow the City of Houston’s operational changes along Sampson and York Streets, which will change them from one-way pairs to two-way streets. This will significantly increase the access along both corridors and improve safety, as well as complement the York Street underpass that will provide significant safety improvements along the corridor.
The Sampson-York Corridor Improvement Project will facilitate improved operations and access on all corridors and develop complete streets with pedestrian and bicycle accommodations and connections. This project will be completed following the Gulf Coast Rail District’s York Street Underpass project which would create a new underpass on York Street underneath the Union Pacific (UP) Houston West Belt and Galveston Subdivisions rail lines south of Texas Avenue. As part of the same project the grade crossing on Sampson Street would be eliminated with Sampson ending on each side of the UP railroad tracks.
The Sampson-York Corridor Improvement Project builds on the recommendation in the 2011 East End Mobility Study. This study recommended converting the Sampson-York one-way pair so that each street would operate two-way (a project/function that would be performed by others, not the EED). Once converted, this would allow York Street to function as a four-lane major thoroughfare and Sampson Street to operate as a local street with bikeway and walkability enhancements, including a connection to the Buffalo Bayou trail.
The Sampson-York improvement projects to be included in the RTP include ADA improvements such as new sidewalks with curb ramps up and down both corridors, a bicycle facility along Sampson, transit access improvements, and pedestrian and bicycle connections to the Buffalo Bayou trail and Tony Marron Park. Improvements also include extending the existing Navigation Esplanade to the Sampson corridor that will provide improved bikeway and pedestrian access between the corridors and the Buffalo Bayou trail. The existing Navigation Esplanade was identified in and approved through the H-GAC RTP process and was funded through a Federal Transit Administration ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) grant supporting pedestrian/bike access to transit.
Proposed project elements include:
• Reconstruction of Sampson/York intersection with Navigation to accommodate walking and biking connectivity from Sampson/Navigation, towards Buffalo Bayou trail.
• Operational improvements that support safe and efficient multimodal two-way mobility on both Sampson and York Streets.
• Signing and pavement markings to incorporate a protected bicycle facility along Sampson Street.
• Construction of a new trail on the west side of York to connect Sampson Street bikeway to Buffalo Bayou trail network and Tony Marron Park.
• Construction of improvements on Navigation Blvd including median improvements (extending the Esplanade) as well as bikeway and pedestrian improvements from Sampson Street to the Navigation Esplanade. Safe pedestrian crossing signals will be included to allow safe pedestrian crossings along Navigation Blvd.
Ultimately, this project is intended to achieve the following outcomes:
• Improved safety at key intersections
• Increased access and connectivity for walking and biking
• Improved access to transit
• A connected, livable, walkable community
• Safety and environmental improvements from improved corridor operations
The East End District has undertaken a series of studies to fully document and analyze mobility needs including pedestrian, bicycle, and transit over the years. These studies include the 2009 Livable Centers Plan, the 2009 Pedestrian and Transit Plan, the 2011 East End Livable Centers Master Plan, the 2012 East End Mobility Study, and the 2015 Fifth Ward/Buffalo Bayou/East End Livable Centers Plan.
These studies collected data related to the quality of pedestrian and transit infrastructure and made recommendations for increasing transit, biking, and walking mode shares. They also included extensive public feedback as an important input in forming visions, goals, and recommendations. Public feedback for all studies indicated strong community support for improvements to infrastructure for walking, biking and transit trips, all of which will be addressed in the Sampson-York corridor improvements.
Less than $100 million
View Uploaded File: EED Sampson-York RTP_Letters.pdf
Categorical Exclusion (CE)
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This project will be developed after the City of Houston’s future project to change the operation of York and Sampson Streets from one-way pairs to two-way operations.
View Uploaded File: Sampson York Improvement Project Map.pdf
View Uploaded File: Project Budget-SY.pdf
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The 2011 East End Mobility Study. Additionally, this project is being coordinated with future projects from other sponsors (York Street Underpass and City of Houston York and Sampson Streets two-way conversion)
Houston-Galveston Area Council