Pinched roadway getting relief
The infamous Omni Bump, a source of frustration for rush-hour motorists in front of the Omni Houston Hotel Westside, will soon be no more, thanks to an Energy Corridor District initiative, with construction crews now working on a solution to improve traffic flow.
Motorists traveling south on N. Eldridge Parkway in front of the Omni hotel have endured the irritation of a busy roadway briefly pinched down from three lanes to two before widening again as it approaches the Katy Freeway. By creating a third lane from N. Dairy Ashford Road down to IH-10, the District is making the Omni Bump a distant memory.
“The stretch of roadway between N. Dairy Ashford and the IH-10 frontage road has proven a nuisance for motorists,” explains Kelly Rector, TDM program manager for the District.
A traffic study commissioned by the District’s Board of Directors demonstrated the need to improve traffic flow. The study’s findings were presented to the City of Houston, which is responsible for the roadway, and its Public Works and Engineering department recently gave the green light to make the proposed improvements.
Contractor DG Medina Construction is working the project in two phases, the second of which will extend the left-turn queuing lane for traffic heading eastbound on Katy Freeway. The end result, says Rector, should help improve traffic flow and reduce motorist’s frustrations.
The project is expected to be completed by late June.
When that stretch of N. Eldridge Parkway was originally designed, there were far fewer companies and commuters in the area. These days, a busy METRO Houston Addicks Park and Ride nearby and new subdivisions north have created more traffic, rendering the Omni Bump obsolete.
“Improving traffic flow can ease connections to major thoroughfares while improving access to METRO buses,” Rector explains.
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