Bay Area Edition | July 2022



Harris County commissioners approve $53M for trailway projects Harris County commissioners


Ramsey said he voted against the item because he believes the project has “too many unknowns.” “Safety is my No. 1 concern, and I’ve not seen enough of the concept to condently say it’s properly being addressed in these projects,” Ramsey said in an email May 17. Meanwhile, Cagle said he would have preferred additional trails be funded by the county’s parks budget. “While Commissioner [Cagle] is a major proponent of hike-and-bike trails and has considerably expanded their availability throughout Precinct 4, he voted against this measure because he believes it sets a bad precedent of diverting toll road money to projects not originally envisioned when toll roads were rst pitched to Harris County voters,” said Joe Stinebaker, Precinct 4 director of communications, in an email May 17. The HCTRA identied 22 priority projects that were ranked as having the highest community benet and were given a prioritized timeline. One of these projects is a Space Center

New ways to commute The Tollways to Trailways project will bring biking and walking paths to Harris County for local commuters to use daily.

approved $53 million on May 10 for the Harris County Toll Road Author- ity’s new Tollways to Trailways initiative, which will add 236 miles of new recreational trails across each of the county’s four precincts. According to the HCTRA’s planning documents, most of the trails will be placed adjacent to existing toll roads, providing access to existing parks, public transit hubs, schools and neighborhoods. A timeline for the work has not yet been announced, but the cost estimate for all 63 proj- ects totals more than $601 million. “Tollways to Trailways make the county healthier and more resilient by expanding healthy mobility choices, creating more local green spaces, and giving people transporta- tion options that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve regional air quality,” HCTRA’s plan reads. The request was approved in a 3-2 vote with Precinct 3 Commissioner Tom Ramsey and Precinct 4 Commis- sioner Jack Cagle dissenting.



236 miles of trails will be added across Harris County. 63 projects are envisioned for the Tollways to Trailways plan across Harris County’s four precincts. $601 million in funding will be needed to cover the plan’s trailways.




ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF JULY 1. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT BAYNEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. sta has been working to acquire land for the project. TxDOT ocials have requested postponing bidding the project to June 2023. Timeline: late 2023-early 2026 Cost: $67.1 million Funding sources: TxDOT, League City, Webster North Landing Boulevard extension Thisproject will provide an additional crossing over Clear Creek and alleviate congestion on FM 518. Following the Texas Department of Transportation’s approval of the right-of-way mapping at the end of January, League City

$53 million in funding was approved for the project by Harris County commissioners on May 10. SOURCE: HARRIS COUNTY TOLL ROAD AUTHORITY COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER Boulevard trail, a $17.3 million trail running 11.4 miles from Middlebrook Drive to Deer Park. A separate project for the area includes a $45.3 million Houston to Galveston Trail along Hwy. 3 stretch- ing 15.9 miles from the 610 Loop to Clear Creek.

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