Project Near Texas Medical Center Should Improve Pedestrian Safety

The landscaping and pedestrian improvement project includes Main Street near Rice University
Work is getting underway on a project near the Medical Center that's designed to make things safer for pedestrians, along with improving the look of the area.

Main and Fannin Streets carry a lot of traffic in and out of the Medical Center, as well as to Hermann Park and Rice University. 

Those streets also carry Metro's light rail line. 

That area is now getting a big upgrade, through a $2.6 million dollar landscaping and pedestrian improvement project. 

TxDOT's Danny Perez says the project extends from the Mecom Fountain to Cambridge Street.

"There's a lot of pedestrian traffic. Not only do we want to enhance the area aesthetically but also to add to pedestrian safety."

The Houston Parks Department applied for the funding which will go toward new sidewalks, trails, and curb ramps. 

The project also includes lighting and irrigation systems.  

Perez says money for the work comes from the federal government. 

"What these funds allow us to do is to go into off-system roadways that are not highways, that are not freeways, and it allows us to go in there and improve safety and also to enhance beatification in those areas."  

Perez says the work should be wrapped up this summer. 

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

Gail Delaughter joined KUHF in October 2008 as Saturday morning news anchor and host. A native of New Orleans and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Gail has extensive experience in Texas and Louisiana as a radio news reporter and morning show anchor and co-host...