11th Street Safety Improvements

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December 2, 2022 - Construction Update

Active Construction Zone! Please drive with care through the work zone and be respectful of roadside workers.

  • Work Completed (last 2 weeks):
    • What: Asphalt overlay construction is complete including the placement of temporary pavement marking tabs for lane delineation. Safety improvement construction has begun.
    • Where: Shepherd to Yale and Studewood to Michaux asphalt overlays. Safety improvement construction initiated at the intersection of White Oak & Michaux.
  • Anticipated Work (2-week look ahead): Continue safety improvement construction operations.
    • What: Median refuge islands and bicycle lane buffers.
    • Where: Work to move to the North from White Oak & Michaux intersection, then to the West along 11th St corridor.

As an added FYI, a nearby Local Drainage Project (LDP) is located along 11th Street to the west of TC Jester Blvd. This project is unrelated to the 11th Street Safety Improvement Project and does not include the addition of bicycle facilities.




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

December 2, 2022 - Construction Update

Active Construction Zone! Please drive with care through the work zone and be respectful of roadside workers.

  • Work Completed (last 2 weeks):
    • What: Asphalt overlay construction is complete including the placement of temporary pavement marking tabs for lane delineation. Safety improvement construction has begun.
    • Where: Shepherd to Yale and Studewood to Michaux asphalt overlays. Safety improvement construction initiated at the intersection of White Oak & Michaux.
  • Anticipated Work (2-week look ahead): Continue safety improvement construction operations.
    • What: Median refuge islands and bicycle lane buffers.
    • Where: Work to move to the North from White Oak & Michaux intersection, then to the West along 11th St corridor.

As an added FYI, a nearby Local Drainage Project (LDP) is located along 11th Street to the west of TC Jester Blvd. This project is unrelated to the 11th Street Safety Improvement Project and does not include the addition of bicycle facilities.




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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    Are there going to be any pedestrian islands around hogg middle school? I was walking along this part of town yesterday and I noticed the intersection at 11th and pineridge is very wide and the turn radius for cars seems to be even wider with the new curbs. if there is not going to be a pedestrian island I think it would be very smart to reduce the space for cars to turn, ensuring slower speeds. Something similar to what was does on commonwealth and hyde park blvd on the Waugh / commonwealth bike lane project.

    ilia asked 20 days ago

    Thank you for raising this up. There will be a pedestrian refuge island added at Norhill Blvd. Additionally, the plan improves the intersection of the street that merges into 11th, across from Pineridge St. See below diagram:

    We can make a note of the curb radius at this location and work with the design consultants and contractors to see what we might be able to do tighten the corners while the project is underway or potentially revisit once construction is complete.

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    Forgive me for being late to this and just now diving into it. I work for the vineyard church of Houston (1035 e. 11th) . I had a question about the bike lane that will be in front of our parking lot off of Michaux. Our parking lot has two entrances, One off of Michaux and one off the unnamed side street that turn into 11th in front of that small park. Will I lose that excess by car to that unnamed street and the second entrance into my parking lot? Are you able to share a diagram of that area?

    Vineyard asked 6 days ago

    Thanks for your question. Access to that property will be maintained on both Michaux and the unnamed street. The unnamed street will remain open to all road users. It will be updated with shared lane markings (bicycle "sharrows") and the intersection with 11th Street will be improved to reinforce one-way (westbound) traffic only. Here is a engineering-level drawing of the area. 

    If you have additional questions about this, please call us at 832-395-3277. 

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    Can you show a PDF of how Micheaux and 11th will look?

    Lefty asked 20 days ago

    Thanks for your question. Here is an image from the engineering-level design plans for the 11th Street project. Please note that some components are subject to change depending on conditions in the field.

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    When/where/how will side street traffic loading be measured before and after project completion? How will the information be shared with the community? What quantifiable criteria will be used to determine whether side street traffic loading has been negatively impacted by the project, and how will these issues be addressed? Answers to previous questions have indicated an on-demand crossing light at 11th and Nicholson would be evaluated after the original project is completed. What criteria will be used to make this assessment? How will the community be engaged in the post-installation assessment of the project’s impacts to the neighborhood?

    Millican asked 25 days ago

    Thanks for your questions. Assuming 'traffic loading' means traffic more generally: 

    • In March 2022, traffic data was collected on 10th and 12th between Yale and Heights:
      • This adds to 2019 traffic data collected on 9th, 10th, and 12th as well as varying locations along 11th 
      • Traffic data includes volumes (total vehicles per hour) and speed
      • Traffic data is collected during the weekday, typically a Tuesday afternoon, full Wednesday, and Thursday morning
    • 6 months after substantial completion (100%) of construction on 11th, the City will collect traffic data on those streets at the same locations.
    • Significant changes in traffic data will prompt City staff to complete a more detailed assessment including, but not limited to, potential solutions to mitigate major increases in traffic on side streets.
    • Count data, such as from in-field observations and community feedback, will be used to determine if additional features are necessary at certain locations, such as a pedestrian-activated light at 11th and Nicholson. Similar to traffic data, this will be evaluated 6 months after 11th street construction is substantially complete. 
    • During and after construction, the City will continue to use online platforms, like Let's Talk Houston, community meetings, and email blasts to provide updates to the community. The community may reach out at any time using the Let's Talk Houston platform, or email safestreets@houstontx.gov or bikeways@houstontx.gov. 
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    Are we losing the crosswalk at Harvard and 11th?! There is currently one there that has frequent use with families walking to Harvard Elementary in the morning and afternoon.

    LF asked about 2 months ago

    Thanks for your question. The crosswalk at Harvard will be restriped after the street has been fully repaved. 

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    So there’ll be no turn lane between studewood and Michaux? Will left turns be prohibited from 11th on to studewood? Taking a left there is already a headache, if it’s going down to one lane, it’ll be impossible to get through this intersection if anyones attempting a left turn there.

    T asked about 2 months ago

    Thanks for your question. There will be a dedicated turn lane on the east leg of 11th at Studewood. And the west leg will have a permanent center turn lane (from Heights to Studewood). Additionally, there will be adjustments to the traffic signal at Studewood and 11th such that drivers making left turns will have a dedicated left turn signal.

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    Bike lanes with asphalt armadillo barriers are not being used very much throughout Houston. Trash, broken glass, and debris collect in the lane which makes it UNSAFE for bicyclists. What's the plan for keeping these bike "gutters" clean?

    JLKetner asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for your question. The City of Houston recently purchased a street sweeper that is small enough to fit and sweep bicycle facilities. We are actively working to program sweeping of all Houston's protected bicycle facilities, like the upcoming bike lanes on 11th, and we will keep folks updated with the frequency. Of note, the bicycle lanes on 11th will be protected with concrete curb and not armadillos. 

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    Is the plan that was shown on Dec 16, 2020 for the intersections of Heights Blvd, Yale and 11th Street still valid (ref. slide 19)? The plan showed that left turns from Heights Blvd to 11th Street and Yale to 11th Street will no longer be allowed.

    WiseOldMan asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for your question. At the intersection of Yale and 11th, drivers will be allowed to make left turns. At the intersection of Heights Blvd and 11th, drivers will not be allowed to make left turns on to either street.

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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 3 months 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 3 months 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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