Here’s one of Houston’s latest walkable undertakings: converting the former railroad bridge beneath 59 to a pedestrian bridge that’ll link the trail along the bayou’s north bank to planned pedestrian segments south of waterway. It’s now overshadowed by the tangle of overpasses directly above it, but might not be once TxDOT starts straightening out 59 by nudging it east (and pairing it with a parallel segment of I-45) as part of its grand plan for north Houston highway improvement.
No southern trail segments are in place yet to greet the bridge upon its landfall just east of Downtown, but they will be soon: TxDOT’s already broken ground on a trail that’ll skirt the bayou as it crosses through the Houston Housing Authority’s Clayton Homes Neighborhood east of 59.
It’ll link up with the southern trail segment that does exist and runs east toward Lockwood Dr., as indicated by the gray line in the map below:
And on the west side of things, a new southern path will soon crawl its way along the upper reaches of Downtown, running through a trio of county buildings, as well as surface parking off Elysian St. and CenterPoint-owned property west of McKee on its way to bridge.
- Previously on Swamplot: How Buffalo Bayou’s Newest South-Side Trail Segment Will Inch Its Way from Fannin St. Toward 59; Houston’s Bayou Biking Connector Is Now Complete; The Great Heights–Buffalo Bayou Bike Trail Hookup Is Almost Ready
Images: Buffalo Bayou Partnership (photo); Houston Parks Board (map)