Construction crews are pouring new sidewalks at Memorial Drive and South Mayde Creek, as the Energy Corridor District continues efforts to improve walkability by creating safer connections for pedestrians.
Sidewalks now under construction will help pedestrians connect safely to public transit stops, business campuses and other locations. Additional sidewalks planned for construction this year will fill in gaps where safe walking paths are missing.
Early this year, the District’s Board of Directors approved funding $260,000 to build more sidewalks. For several years, the District has been adding sidewalks where none existed before, working to make walking and bicycling in the Energy Corridor not only safer, but also more convenient and satisfying.
This year’s sidewalk effort is projected to be completed by early summer.
The new sidewalks now being poured follow work last year that created Dutch Junction-type pedestrian / bicycle crossings for three busy intersections along the Katy Freeway – with well-marked lanes for cyclists and walkers, more separation from vehicular traffic and protected islands as buffers from right-turning motorists – greatly improving safety for all users. Three other IH-10 intersection crossing were upgraded, as well, in 2017.
Other sidewalks planned for this year include ones to and from the Addicks Park and Ride, plus along N. Dairy Ashford, all designed to improve connectivity to public transit and business campuses.