GROUNDBREAKING FOR $25 MILLION BELLAIRE BOULEVARD RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT
Dozens of community and business leaders joined District F Council Member Al Hoang, Mayor Annise Parker and District J Council Member Mike Laster Thursday afternoon at a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Bellaire Boulevard Access Management and Widening Project.
The project consists of the complete reconstruction of a two-mile stretch of Bellaire Boulevard, the main corridor through Sharpstown and Asia Town, and all underground utilities between Rogerdale Road and Osage Street. When completed, the project will relieve traffic congestion and improve traffic flow, increase drainage capacities and beautify the esplanades and right of way.
Council Member Hoang, whose district includes much of the construction zone, asked for the public’s patience during construction.
“As with any project of this magnitude, there may be some temporary utility interruptions, traffic backups or other inconveniences,” but noted the contractor will coordinate with residents and businesses before planned disruptions take place to minimize impact and ensure businesses are not cut-off from their customers. “When finished, Bellaire Boulevard will once again be a signature corridor that will not only improve mobility, but greatly enhance our entire community,” Hoang added.
Crews will be required to shut down construction activities for the December holidays and through Asian New Year to allow holiday shoppers as much unrestricted access to businesses as possible. Off-duty peace officers and certified flaggers will also be assigned throughout the construction zone and especially at schools to ensure the safety of motorists, pedestrians and construction workers, and keep traffic moving.
The $25 million project is being funded through Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) monies and will be managed by the Houston Public Works and Engineering Department. The entire construction project is expected to last 18 to 24 months.
To learn more about the project or sign up to receive regular updates, visit www.BellaireConstructionProject.com or www.houstontx.gov/council/f/bellairereconstruction.html.