Post Oak Boulevard has undergone much wear and tear over the past few decades, leaving many parts of the street in a bad state. Uptown Houston will repair the deteriorated portions of the Boulevard between Richmond and the West Loop.
The project began on May 1, on Phase I of the project, just south of Hidalgo to Fairview. Pavement repairs will require the closure of two lanes during construction. The work will be conducted at night from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. to help mitigate traffic congestion during peak times. During the work day, two lanes will remain open for traffic. Phase I has been completed and crews are currently working on Post Oak Boulevard near Westheimer. The entire project will be complete by November 2011.
Driving around Uptown Houston, you may have noticed new lights, sidewalks and trees lining many of the streets. The Uptown Houston District is in the midst of a pedestrian improvement program which will add over 1,200 pedestrian lights, new wider sidewalks and lush green landscaping to every street in Uptown. As more and more people come to Uptown to live, work and shop, it is vital that our streets are beautiful, safe and convenient for pedestrians.
Implementation of pedestrian improvements have been completed along San Felipe, Garretson, Ambassador Way, Uptown Park Boulevard, McCue, Post Oak Lane, and most recently Westheimer. All pedestrian improvements are expected to be completed in 2012. Next time you’re in the area, consider walking around and take advantage of our new and improved pedestrian environment.
One of our signature thoroughfares, San Felipe was reconstructed from Yorktown to the West Loop with 20,000 tons of 10-inch reinforced concrete. In addition, a westbound lane was added to allow for three lanes of traffic in both directions, increasing capacity on San Felipe by 50 percent. Crews also added a second left-hand turn lane on the southbound West Loop feeder at San Felipe and a new traffic signal at Hallmark Drive.
Originally a historic trail leading to the Austin colonies, San Felipe continues to be a prominent link to corporate headquarters, prestigious neighborhoods and high-end retail. Today, as an oak-lined parkway accented with pedestrian lighting and landscaping, San Felipe serves as a gateway into Uptown.
The reconstruction of this street, with new pavement, wider sidewalks, pedestrian lighting and landscaping, connects Post Oak Lane and Skylark to San Felipe.
New road dubbed the “missing link,” runs north and south connecting San Felipe to Ambassador Way. This new street allows commuters to get from the Galleria / Westheimer to Woodway without ever driving on Westheimer, Post Oak Boulevard or San Felipe.
The McCue Street reconstruction, located just west of Post Oak Boulevard, included improved storm and sanitary drainage; new pavement and wider streets; and streetscape enhancements, including brickpaver sidewalks and Bald Cypress trees.
Uptown Houston enhanced the area's garden district environment with the creation of Hidalgo Park, located on Post Oak Boulevard. In addition, the West Loop corridor was lined with more than 5,000 trees, 6,500 shrubs and 15,000 ground cover plants. The greening project was made possible by a $3.5 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
To make traveling in Uptown more convenient, internally illuminated street signs were installed in late 2007, making the signs much easier to read at night.
To further ease congestion in the Uptown area, Garrettson Lane, located just east of Post Oak Boulevard at San Felipe, was widened from two lanes to four lanes. Additionally, sidewalks were widened, pedestrian lighting and landscaping were added.
Uptown Houston expanded its trademark of unique streetscape elements with the design and installation of 36 METRO transit shelters.
This reconstructed roadway between Post Oak Boulevard and the West Loop southbound frontage road now serves as a convenient entrance to the West Loop.
The intersection at Richmond was widened to better align Post Oak Boulevard and the entrance to the new Westpark Tollway.
The City of Houston constructed a new water line between Westheimer and Richmond in 2007.
Sage was widened from a four-lane divided roadway to a six-lane divided roadway between Hidalgo and West Alabama. In addition, a 48-inch storm sewer line was installed to provide additional safeguard against local flooding.
The intersections of Sage Road and Rice at US 59 were reconstructed and improved to create better access to the new Westpark Tollway.
Uptown Houston reconstructed the pavement, installed a major water distribution line and replaced water and sewer lines to this section of San Felipe.
Uptown Houston widened the intersection at Post Oak Boulevard to four lanes and added a right-turn lane from Post Oak Boulevard to northbound Uptown Park Boulevard.