November 2018

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November 2018

Memorial Dr. Reconstruction Moves to Eldridge Pkwy, as Dairy Ashford Work Nears Completion

This November, the contractor for the million Memorial Drive reconstruction project is beginning street and drainage improvements at the North Eldridge Parkway intersection, as crews plan to finish their work at Dairy Ashford by mid-November.

As reconstruction begins at North Eldridge Parkway and Memorial Drive, the Energy Corridor District is taking advantage of the project to help transform that busy intersection into one that is safer and more inviting to pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and nearby businesses and residents.

The District partnered with the city to incorporate its design to significantly enhance the intersection with sidewalk, road crossing and beautification improvements. Oscar Renda, the Memorial reconstruction contractor, will be working closely with the District to minimize impacts to the community.

As utility and pavement work wraps up for the Dairy Ashford Road intersection, the District is now seeking contractor bids to make its landscape and streetscape design a reality.

Motorist Navigation
Mid-November marks a milestone for motorists navigating lane closures.

All lanes of Dairy Ashford are anticipated to open, though crews will return for a few additional days of work there by mid-March next year.

By mid-November, all eastbound and westbound Memorial Drive traffic will be shifted to the westbound lanes between Thicket Lane and Dairy Ashford Road. Construction activity will shut down during the Thanksgiving holiday from Thursday, November 22 to Monday, November 26.

Motorists can expect traffic delays along North Eldridge Parkway as Oscar Renda begins lane restrictions. 

For information on road closures and lane realignments, motorists are advised to check the mobile electronic signs that were installed in mid-October.

To handle the intersection’s high volume of traffic, a traffic control plan ensures that two through-lanes are maintained on Eldridge Parkway throughout construction, explains Fabiana Demarie, urban planner for the District.

There will be a dedicated left-turn lane for northbound traffic turning west onto Memorial Drive. As for the configuration of Memorial Drive itself, no changes are currently anticipated for motorists driving through this intersection for this phase.

On Eldridge Parkway, upcoming traffic switches will eliminate one northbound lane to accommodate median removal, sanitary sewer installation and installation of temporary pavement. By early-December, northbound traffic along North Eldridge Parkway will be reconfigured to accommodate construction on the southeast corner of the Eldridge-Memorial Drive intersection.

Immense Project
All told, the vast City of Houston project is reconstructing Memorial Drive from Kirkwood to Eldridge Parkway as a four-lane divided roadway featuring nearly 90,000 square yards of 10-inch reinforced concrete pavement with curbs and gutters; seven new traffic signal systems; new wheelchair ramps, driveways, sidewalks, and street lighting; plus, thousands of linear feet of storm sewer pipe, waterlines and sanitary sewer lines.

Ultimately, about 16,600 linear feet of busy roadway will be brought up to major thoroughfare standards.

Key to improving stormwater drainage, a triple 10- by 10-foot bridge-rated box culvert will be installed at Turkey Creek under Memorial Drive during the Eldridge Parkway portion of the project.

This November, demolition will begin for the south half of the Turkey Creek bridge. New waterlines will also be installed under Turkey Creek.

City of Houston Council Member Greg Travis and his staff continue to meet monthly with the contractor and review lane closure plans to reduce inconveniences for motorists. Find more about the Memorial Drive reconstruction project by visiting the City Council District G website here.

For a birds-eye view of the District’s transformative redesign of the North Eldridge Parkway- Memorial Drive intersection, visit here.

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