HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Streets surrounding two local universities are getting major repairs. Improvements to the University of Houston and Texas Southern University corridor is a partnership between Harris County and the City of Houston. It was announced Tuesday by Mayor Sylvester Turner and HC Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis.
“The total amount of money is $15 million per university,” said Ellis. “So when you ask us to show you the money, it’s $30 million.”
In all, seven streets will be affected. Near U of H they include Cullen, Wheeler, Elgin and Holman. In the TSU area, Cleburne, Blodgett and Attucks.
The Complete Streets project travels alongside the mayor’s Complete Communities program. Both start with infrastructure, then work from the ground-up. Both campuses are in city council District D, represented by Dwight Boykins.
“The repairs and improvement will upgrade mobility, increase safety and enhance the overall quality for not just for my district and my constituents, but all of Houston,” Boykins said.
Whether you walk, run, ride or drive the streets, you’ll be affected. The project also includes drainage work with the goal of reducing flooding.
It is a two-phase deal. Phase 1 will begin immediately, fixing things like sidewalks and potholes. Phase 2 may not start for three or four months.
County engineer John Blount is helping to spearhead the project.
“We are actually going to have interns from their respective universities working on these projects. So that’s a unique perspective where students at the university get to work to improve their university,” Blount said.