July 20, 2020
Contact: Jessica Beemer (832) 393-3008

El Dorado Boulevard Median Swale Option Presented

Houston, TX -  Houston Mayor Pro Tem Dave Martin and the City of Houston Public Works hosted a public input meeting on November 30, 2017 to discuss proposed alignment options and gather input from the surrounding communities for the El Dorado Boulevard Widening Project. The scope of work includes the expansion of the existing two lane roadway to four lanes on El Dorado Boulevard, from Clear Lake City Boulevard to Horsepen Bayou.
For residents unable to attend the meeting, the alignment options and information about the project can be found on Mayor Pro Tem Martin's website. Public Comment was previously collected on the widening project in December 2017. The existing design calls for a 17 foot median and can be seen here.   
Due to budget constraints, a new option has been presented to the City of Houston for residents to consider via online survey. The survey on this new option can be found here. The survey will be available for two weeks, closing on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
The new option for feedback through this online survey is to install a median swale on El Dorado Blvd. from Clear Lake City Blvd. to Horsepen Bayou. A swale is a shallow ditch helping drain stormwater. The proposed ditch will be located in the 17 foot median and is 2 feet deep, 16 feet wide, spanning roughly 1 mile. An example of a median swale can be seen in the pictures below and provides an area to plant new trees in the community. 
The involvement of residents  is essential to the process, and the input provided will have an impact on the timeline as well as the look of the overall project. At the end of the survey period, the results will be evaluated by Houston Public Works and reported to Harris County Precinct Two.
For more information, please contact the District E office at (832) 393-3008 or via email at .
Illustration of a Median Swale
Median Swale on Birnam Wood Drive

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