Courtesy of a stripe-skeptical reader, here’s a partial walkthrough tour of the new parking scheme along Allen Pkwy. west of Downtown — these days looking a lot more like the flyover videos released of the planned changes last year. Those changes, including a lower speed limit for the rest of the roadway and and some strategic tree deployment, are intended to make the pseudo-highway into a “more urban environment” and to slow traffic down to next-to-a-park speeds. Also included in the deal: a series of crosswalks, like the over-then-over-again setup now striped into place at Gillette St. (seen above posing with the Federal Reserve Bank building, with the former city garbage incinerator site out of the frame to the left).
The new setup divvies up much of the turf formerly occupied by Allen Pkwy.’s westbound traffic lane into angled spaces — some almost long enough to “put 2 normal sized cars in each spot,” the reader claims:
That extra length leaves bikers and other potential trunk-unloaders some wiggle room between their car and any oncoming traffic:
The parking spaces-space tapers in and out with fresh yellow stripes:
Houston Downtown Redevelopment Authority director Lonnie Hoogeboom told Dug Begley back in March that the project, which was originally scheduled to wrap up in May, had hit some snags related to unexpected ground conditions (even before all the flooding that followed on and after Tax Day).
- Previously on Swamplot: New Dunlavy Traffic Signal Rising by Cemetery on Allen Pkwy.; Take These Preview Drives Down the New, Slower, and More Parkway-Like Allen Parkway, with 175 New Bayou-Side Parking Spaces
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