News from District G
  April 6, 2016

Houston City Council Member Greg Travis

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900 Bagby, 1st Floor
Houston, TX 77002

P.O. Box 1562
Houston, TX 77251-1562

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Fax: (832) 393-9571


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To our Friends and Neighbors in District G:
Reminder: PWE to Conduct Gessner Road Community Engagement Meeting on April 13

As originally scoped by the Department of Public Works & Engineering (PWE), the Gessner Road Paving and Drainage Project, CIP #N-100017, would have widened the existing four lanes of Gessner to six lanes from Buffalo Bayou on the north to Richmond Ave. on the south. After a large number of area residents voiced opposition to the widening of Gessner, PWE was asked to look at other ways to gain needed roadway capacity and throughput without widening Gessner from four to six lanes. At this point in time, the final configuration of Gessner Road has not been determined. PWE has looked at additional alternatives to be discussed during the April 13 meeting. PWE was asked to re-evaluate alternatives that would not widen Gessner north of Westheimer and look solely at intersection improvements. This effort was performed late last year. The results of this effort will be presented at this meeting to seek additional comment from the community.

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Location: Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter Dr. Houston, TX 77042


6:00 P.M. - Exhibits available for preview by the public
6:15 P.M. - Presentation
6:45 P.M. (End of presentation) - Q&A
7:15 P.M. - One-on-one time with Technical Team
7:30 P.M. - Meeting adjourns
Parking is available at the following locations:

(1) Tracy Gee Community Center Parking Lot (capacity: 95);
(2) Parking garage connected to the office building at 10333 Richmond Ave.--access to the parking garage is located on Westcenter Dr., right across the street from the community center (capacity: 150);
(3) First United Methodist Church, 3663 Westcenter Dr., main parking lot 2 (capacity: 200).

HPD officers will be on hand to help direct traffic.

Materials presented during the meeting may be found here after the community meeting:

If you would like to make written comments regarding this proposed project or have any questions, please contact
Reconstruction of the Memorial Drive Bridge over W-151 Drainage Ditch in Bunker Hill

The Memorial Drive Bridge over W-151 drainage ditch is being reconstructed by the Village of Bunker Hill. The project is scheduled to start next Monday. The bridge will be closed April 11, 2016, at 9:00 A.M. after the morning rush hour pending any problematic weather conditions. The closure will allow for the reconstruction of the bridge across the drainage way (W-151) located near the Memorial Forest Club (east of the intersection of Gessner Road and Memorial Drive). This timeframe was selected to accommodate the school schedule for Frostwood and Bunker Hill Elementary Schools. Memorial Drive will be reopened in time for the new school year in August 2016. Traffic will be detoured via Briar Forest Drive on the south, Barryknoll Lane on the north connected by Gessner Road on the west.
The HPD captain over this area has assured our office that HPD will do all it can to maintain safety within the City of Houston neighborhoods along the detour route. The captain will be instructing beat and district units to pay special attention to traffic and safety issues as they arise. He will also see if the Traffic Enforcement Unit has any speed trailers available to place in neighborhoods. Patrol traffic units will be assigned to this area as well, at least initially, to conduct enforcement actions.
There will be significant traffic changes because of the closure. Motorists and pedestrians are urged to be patient, drive carefully and alertly, and be prepared for delays. The Memorial Villages Police Department will also be closely monitoring the area and will strictly enforce speed limits, stop sign violations, and other moving traffic offenses.
HPD, the Memorial Villages Police Department, and the Precinct Constables (who have private security contracts with many of the surrounding neighborhoods) are coordinating to ensure the disruption does not cause problems in other neighborhoods and streets for other residents.  If you have a traffic related issue, you can contact Chief JD Sanders at or cell: 713-907-4422 or office 713-365-3701, or, if it involves activity within the City of Houston limits, contact the non-emergency Houston Police Department line (713-884-3131).

Map of Traffic Detour Route North:

Map of Traffic Detour Route South:

Map of Pedestrian Detour Route:


Reminder: TxDOT to Hold Public Hearing on Loop 610 Dedicated Bus Lane on April 12
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will hold a public hearing on the proposed Loop 610 dedicated bus lane from I-10 (Northwest Transit Center) to Post Oak Blvd.  The hearing will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2016, at the TxDOT Houston District Office Auditorium, located at 7600 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007. There will be an open house from 5:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M., where displays relating to the project will be available for view by the public, with the public hearing to begin at 6:30 P.M. TxDOT personnel will be available to meet with you prior to the public hearing to answer any questions that you may have or to review the proposed project with you. If you have any questions in the interim, please contact Pat Henry, P.E. at 713-802-5241.
The purpose of this public hearing is to present a proposed dedicated bus lane on Interstate Highway 610 from I-10 (Northwest Transit Center) to Post Oak Blvd. and to receive comments from the public. The proposed dedicated bus lane would consist of a two-lane structure over the west frontage road of I-610 West Loop, then would cross to the center of the I-610 West Loop. The total project length is approximately 1.5 miles and would not require any additional right-of-way or displacements.
Maps and other drawings showing the proposed project's location and design will be displayed at the hearing. Environmental documentation for the project will also be available for inspection at the hearing. This information is also available by appointment Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the TxDOT Houston District office located at 7600 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007. To schedule an appointment, please contact Patrick Gant, P.E., at 713-802-5274. The project information may be viewed at TxDOT's website:
Verbal and written comments from the public regarding this project are requested and may be presented for a period of 10 business days following the hearing. Written comments may be submitted either in person, by mail to the TxDOT District Office, Director of Project Development, P.O. Box 1386, Houston, TX 77251, or by email to .  Comments must be received or postmarked on or before April 27, 2016, in order to become part of the official hearing record.
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