There’s a rather bold new plan for 2 of the Houston area’s major parkland reserves hiding in an image included in an almost-final draft of the West Houston Mobility Plan being prepared by the Houston-Galveston Area Council for submission to TxDOT. A new roadway connecting Briar Forest Dr. to Highland Knolls Dr. through the heart of 7,800-acre George Bush Park is shown in a proposed major-thoroughfare plan for the area. (See segments in blue in image above.) A segment of Baker Rd. is also shown linking to the new parkway. And north of I-10, a similar major roadway is seen connecting Hammerly Rd. to Patterson Rd. — through the Addicks Reservoir.
The proposed major thoroughfare plan showing the 2 cut-through roadways was presented for the first time at the final public meeting of the West Houston Mobility Plan effort on December 18th. At the previous public meeting last summer, a series of slides detailed proposed bicycle path and lane improvements, but those images were not included in the December presentation.
Instead, a single slide (shown below) was used to indicate plans for bikeways, including new bike lanes on Westheimer Pkwy., which cuts through the southern portion of George Bush Park. An existing bike path that serves as a westward extension of Briar Forest Dr. through the park is shown on that map as well. But no new bike lanes are indicated paralleling the proposed new cut-through roads:
According to the presentation, a final draft of the mobility plan is due this month, but no additional public meetings are scheduled.
After approvals from various transportation committees expected in February, the recommendations are expected to be submitted to TXDot for eventual implementation.
- Meeting Materials [West Houston Mobility Plan]
- West Houston mobility plan in the works [Houston Chronicle]
Maps: Houston-Galveston Area Council