11th Street Safety Improvements

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October 4, 2022 - Construction Update

  • Work Completed (last 2 weeks): Construction crews have mobilized! Please drive with care through the work zone and be respectful of roadside workers.
    • What: Curb & gutter, ramps, and sidewalks have been reconstructed in locations identified as either outdated or unsafe as part of rehabilitation efforts.
    • Where: Work has been isolated to the East of Studewood St, with specific pedestrian realm improvements at Pine Ridge St., Michaux St., and along the median island; Additionally, crews completed reconstruction of the gutter pan at Vineyard Church.
  • Anticipated Work (2-week look ahead): Continue preparation for street rehabilitation.
    • What: Sidewalks, ADA ramps, and curb & gutter.
    • Where: Various locations in the project corridor, working towards the West.




Project Overview

The 11th Street Safety Improvements project proposes to address traffic safety concerns along a 1.5-mile segment from Shepherd to Michaux in the Heights neighborhood. It also includes a neighborhood bikeway along Michaux, connecting from 11th to Stude Park. The project addresses speeding, traffic crashes, and difficulty crossing for people walking and biking along the corridor. It is aligned with the City's Vision Zero commitment to end traffic deaths and serious injuries and improve street safety for everyone. The project is currently in the design phase.

In addition to being identified in the Houston Bike Plan, the 11th Street proposal aims to improve safety for all road users. This includes a protected bikeway for people biking, pedestrian refuge islands to make it safer to cross 11th street, intersection enhancements to increase visibility of crosswalks and bike lanes, and traffic signal adjustments to safely accommodate all modes of travel.

Questions or comments about the project? Please use the general questions/comments tool below.


Announcements

October 4, 2022 - Construction Update

  • Work Completed (last 2 weeks): Construction crews have mobilized! Please drive with care through the work zone and be respectful of roadside workers.
    • What: Curb & gutter, ramps, and sidewalks have been reconstructed in locations identified as either outdated or unsafe as part of rehabilitation efforts.
    • Where: Work has been isolated to the East of Studewood St, with specific pedestrian realm improvements at Pine Ridge St., Michaux St., and along the median island; Additionally, crews completed reconstruction of the gutter pan at Vineyard Church.
  • Anticipated Work (2-week look ahead): Continue preparation for street rehabilitation.
    • What: Sidewalks, ADA ramps, and curb & gutter.
    • Where: Various locations in the project corridor, working towards the West.




Project Overview

The 11th Street Safety Improvements project proposes to address traffic safety concerns along a 1.5-mile segment from Shepherd to Michaux in the Heights neighborhood. It also includes a neighborhood bikeway along Michaux, connecting from 11th to Stude Park. The project addresses speeding, traffic crashes, and difficulty crossing for people walking and biking along the corridor. It is aligned with the City's Vision Zero commitment to end traffic deaths and serious injuries and improve street safety for everyone. The project is currently in the design phase.

In addition to being identified in the Houston Bike Plan, the 11th Street proposal aims to improve safety for all road users. This includes a protected bikeway for people biking, pedestrian refuge islands to make it safer to cross 11th street, intersection enhancements to increase visibility of crosswalks and bike lanes, and traffic signal adjustments to safely accommodate all modes of travel.

Questions or comments about the project? Please use the general questions/comments tool below.


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    Not directly related, but: what would it take for a similar road diet to be considered along at least a portion of Yale? It seems to present many of the same issues as 11th, albeit with slightly higher traffic volumes.

    CO asked 21 days ago

    Thanks for your question. Yale is a four-lane undivided, so you're right that it presents many of the same issues as 11th Street. There may be opportunities to address Yale if/when it is repaved or if another agency, like a TIRZ, is interested in pursuing a reconfiguration. At this time, the City of Houston is attempting to identify streets with a high number of traffic deaths and serious injuries in communities throughout Houston so as to equitably distribute resources. Considering we are addressing 11th Street in the Heights, we are looking to address high-injury streets in other communities. 

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    During afternoon school pick up for Hogg Middle School, the line routinely wraps around the block and onto one of the eastbound lanes of 11th St - blocking passage of vehicles on that one lane between Studewood and Michaux. This project has a proposed configuration of 2 lanes without a center turn lane between Studewood and Michaux (one lane of traffic in each direction). Please explain how the Hogg Middle School pick up will function in the afternoon to avoid a scenario where 11th St is impassable in this location and who from the school has been engaged by the 11th St project team to address this problem?

    Millican asked 28 days ago

    Thanks for your question and observation. We have been working with the principal of Hogg Middle School to discuss pick-up/drop-off patterns and coordinating adjustments to ensure cueing does not impact the 11th Street Safety Improvements project. 

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    Can you make the link to the PDF presentation from the meeting on 08/17/22 work on this page? Since you've posted it is says the XML link or something like that is an error. Seems like an omen this whole idea and project is an error but you can't fight City Hall. You're gonna do whatever you want despite wishes of the residents.

    Jon Jenkins asked 26 days ago

    We apologize that the link is not working for you. Please try this: https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:653d4d30-ceff-331b-9c68-ac01fe40ce35

    If that still does not work for you, please email safestreets@houstontx.gov and we will send you the PDF document via email. 

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    Can you please share the lane layout details for the intersection of 11th St and Shepherd? Will there be 4 lanes between Dorothy & Shepherd? A dedicated northbound turn lane from 11th onto Shepherd? What will the transition look like and where will the lane transitions occur for eastbound and westbound traffic to go down from 4 lanes to 2 lanes (will 4 lanes remain between Shepherd and Durham)?

    Millican asked about 1 month ago


    Thanks for your questions. Below is a screenshot of the proposed layout details for 11th and Shepherd. There will be four lanes in each direction with a concrete median and gradual merge to one lane in each direction as you head east approaching Dorothy. 


    The cross-section west of Shepherd, between Shepherd and Durham, is outside of the scope of this project. So, there are no City of Houston proposals to change the lane configurations in that portion. TIRZ 5 may be proposing changes and you can find out more information at their website: https://memorialheightstirz5.com/category/projects/shepherd-and-durham-reconstruction/

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    Are you still taking comments and questions. I have seen any newer than 3 months ago. Anyway, my first question is; Can you provide a picture or drawing of the Nicholson crossing? I assume you are eliminating the buffers to get it to fit. Second question; How is a bike rider going west on 11th supposed to connect to the North Shepherd new bike lanes, since the bike lanes end at Dorothy. Maybe a neighborhood bikeway going north on Dorothy, west on 12th. Third question; The new Neighborhood Bikeway going south on Dorothy I assume is so people can get to Kroger. If I am going west on 11th how do I get to this new bikeway - stop and wait for traffic to cross at the shared use crosswalk?

    Paul H. asked about 1 month ago

    Thanks for your questions. 

    1. We do not have a picture of what the Nicholson crossing will look like. The drawings we have are engineering-scale, so they are marked with numbers and details that may be a bit difficult to interpret. There is a screenshot below. Please note this is not inclusive of all design elements, such as signage. You are correct that this portion of the street will not have barriers beween the vehicle lane and the bike lane. It will be a 6ft bike lane next to a 10ft travel lane. The pedestrian refuge island is 8ft wide.
    2. There will be a signed bike route going on Dorothy south of 11th, then west on 10th Street to connect to Shepherd. In the future, TIRZ 5 will be implementing a shared use path on the portion of 11th between Shepherd and Dorothy. This will tie in to the bike lane.
    3. There will be a marked, shared-use crosswalk at Dorothy and 11th so that people walking and biking have a designated crossing as they are walking/biking west on 11th to make a left onto Dorothy. Below is a screenshot of that is designed to look like.
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    What date did the project move from 90% design to the 100%? What date did the project move from the 60% to 90%?

    MMW asked about 1 month ago

    The 11th Street Safety Improvements Project moved from 60% to 90% on January 12, 2022 and from 90% to 100% on June 15, 2022.

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    This project broke ground this morning. We live in the apartments right infront of the construction zone. When is the planned completion of this project?

    Lauren H asked about 1 month ago

    This may be a different construction project, as the 11th Street rehabilitation (repaving) is estimated to take place starting September until November 2022, starting at Michaux working west to Studewood [phase 1] then Yale to Dorothy [phase 2]. The timeline is dependant on weather and construction conditions. The street safety improvements (pedestrian refuge islands, crosswalk and other pavement markings, protected bike lanes, etc.) will follow the repaving and is estimated to be complete in February 2023. Again, these are estimates and subject to change depending on weather and construction conditions. The City will communicate, via this Let's Talk Houston webpage and also NextDoor, before street rehabilitation and safety improvements take place.

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    Originally all of 11th street was supposed to be 4 to 3 road diet. When it was measured correctly Yale to Shepherd was only wide enough for either 4 to 3 or 4 to 2 and bike lanes, which was the selected option. So why has Studewood to Micheaux been changed from 4 to 3 and bike lanes to 4 to 2 with bikelanes. Was that also incorrectly measured? The initial showings North Main west of 45 were also originally shown as 4 to 3 with bike lanes and are now 4 to 2 with bike lanes, no middle lane. Are all these mistaken measurements? Or are you just trying to take out center lanes where there are protected bike lanes. That is a lot of road space where Emergency Vehicles can not get through because there is no place for vehicles. to pull over to let them through. Can we see a document that The Fire Chief and Police Cheif have signed off on this. I wouldhate for someone to be watching their house burn down while waiting for a firetruck to get to me by less timely means.

    Lefty asked about 1 month ago

    Thanks for your comments and questions. The design process evolves as additional information is gathered, so as the design progresses the original concept can change. This was the case with both 11th and North Main. Both projects have a goal to address safety for all road users, especially focusing on people walking and biking. With higher crash rates than the state average, the City is focused on design concepts that improve safety for everyone using these streets and increasing connectivity for other modes of transportation like walking, biking, and taking transit. The City has prioritized this in the design concepts, factored in traffic volume data, including turn movements, and adjusted components of the design based on community feedback. This project has gone through the City review process, including review and approval of the latest design plans (100%) by our partners in Houston Fire and Houston Police. 

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    Making it more difficult to drive on 11th (which this plan will do) will divert traffic to 10th St. and increase traffic on 10th, which was not designed for and is not prepared for the increase. 10th needs to have more stop signs and road humps to deal with the foreseeable increase in traffic created by this plan.

    JC asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. As announced by Mayor Turner, we will monitor traffic to see if goes to neighborhood streets after this project is completed. If the community wants additional traffic calming and the data shows cut-through traffic is an issue, we will have treatments budgeted to address this issue. 

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    There is a missing sidewalk segment at 11th and Rutland which is also a bus stop. (I can email you the image) . I know this project does not include improvements to the pedestrian realm but can you help put this in front of the right group to get it completed? Looking forward to 11th becoming the walkable corridor it should be!

    Kevin aka #fatboyonabike asked about 2 months ago

    Thanks for your question. Our partners at METRO will be optimizing (relocating/removing/improving) bus stops along this stretch of 11th Street. One of those stops is Rutland - it is on the list to be removed. We will be sure to coordinate any needed sidewalk improvements with the inspector for the Street Rehabilitation portion of this project.

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