It looks like large portions of the 2.8-mile-long Heritage West Bikeway connecting Stude Park to UH-Downtown are close to completion, but the path along portions of the former UP railway won’t open until summer, according to the city. One important still-missing link: a pedestrian bridge over Little White Oak Bayou. Past the University, the 10-ft. wide trail will connect to the Heritage East Bikeway, which continues along White Oak Bayou to Lockwood.
The new western portion will hook up with the MKT hike-and-bike trail both at Stude Park and at Spring St., providing an alternate along-the-bayou path for bicyclists headed downtown from the Heights. One highlight of the journey: a close-up view of the 17.3 acres of swampland Hakeem Olajuwon flipped to Metro back in 2005 for a cool $15 million:
Here’s the bridge at UH-Downtown,
two peeks at the path along White Oak Bayou from the Houston Ave. overpass,
And construction continuing near Stude Park:
- Construction continues on the Heritage West Bikeway project [Houston Bikeways]
- Heritage Corridor Bayou Trails [City of Houston]
- Previously on Swamplot: How Hakeem Olajuwon Sold Metro $5.6 Million of Swampland for Just $15 Million, Rail Removal Program Complete for the Year: Heights Hike and Bike Trail Opens