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Major Streetscape Projects Shaping Up

Major Streetscape Projects Shaping Up

Contractors working on the complete rebuild of Walnut Bend Lane are tackling the punch list now as they finish up this $20 million project. While a lot of that work is unseen by the casual motorist or pedestrian, the installation of the custom bus shelters and trees along the roadway added a wow factor that was previously missing from the project. The 11 transit stops on Walnut Bend all have shelters made of aluminum and…..Read More

Westheimer Streetscape Project Nearing Completion

Westheimer Streetscape Project Nearing Completion

If he were alive today, Mitchell Louis Westheimer would not recognize his namesake road. Mr. Westheimer (1831-1905) donated a portion of his land to Harris County to develop a road for farmers in the Alief area to transport their cotton, rice and other farm goods to Houston and beyond. Today, Westheimer Road is the longest major thoroughfare in Texas and home to METRO’s most-popular bus route. Its eight-lane divided design is being enhanced by a…..Read More

New Officer Enjoys Time Spent on Trails

New Officer Enjoys Time Spent on Trails

Ofc. Ron Broadnax is one of the newest members of Westchase District Patrol, joining the District five months ago. If you have been out on the expansive Westchase District Trail System, you have likely crossed paths with him and his partner, Ofc. Zhen Wang, on patrol bikes. “The trails are an excellent way to cover the District because you can get to anywhere fast,” said Broadnax. In fact, Broadnax knows about speed and agility. He…..Read More

Bike Barn Powers Cycling World

Bike Barn Powers Cycling World

Whether for lifelong sport, cleaner air, improving health, saving money on gas, less traffic, turning a work commute into a workout or just to feel the wind, people ride bikes for many reasons. And in Houston, cyclists peddle to Bike Barn. The retailer has been supporting the world of cycling since 1983. Serving Cycling Community Bike Barn’s market niche has been reinforced by increasing trends for bike commuting which has grown by 62 percent since…..Read More

Walnut Bend Reconstruction Near Completion

Walnut Bend Reconstruction Near Completion

When Westchase District broke ground on the Walnut Bend street reconstruction project in September 2019, it marked the beginning of construction, but also the end of 18-months of design and engineering that involved approximately eight engineers, CAD drafters and constructability review professionals from Westchase District-based Lockwood Andrews & Newnam (LAN). But as any engineer will tell you, real-world conditions don’t always match up to what was expected when the project was in design. In fact,…..Read More

Two Side Paths Near Completion

Two Side Paths Near Completion

Crews are finishing work on a 2.25-mile “side path” that will improve connections to the Terry Hershey Trail, while improving roadway conditions that connect the Walnut Bend neighborhood to the West Sam Houston Tollway frontage road. This improvement was first identified in Westchase District’s 2016 Ped/Bike plan that identified pedestrian and bicycling needs and prioritized improvements. “This project quickly rose to the top of the priority list because of the heavy bicycle and pedestrian traffic…..Read More

Westheimer Construction Offers Preview of Coming Attractions

Westheimer Construction Offers Preview of Coming Attractions

What started out as a minor error by a subcontractor has turned out to be a pleasant change of plans for Westchase District and the crews who are working on the Westheimer streetscape project. "Originally, we'd planned for the crews to work from east to west on the north side of Westheimer from Westerland to Kirkwood, then turn around and work their way back on the south side of the street," said Irma Sanchez, Westchase…..Read More

Two Side Paths Enhance Pedestrian Connectivity in Westchase District

Two Side Paths Enhance Pedestrian Connectivity in Westchase District

The long-awaited connection between the Terry Hershey Trail System and the Brays Bayou Trail System is now underway, courtesy of a Westchase District project that will improve sidewalks and bike lanes on the north end of the District. Bicyclists and pedestrians will enjoy a reconstructed, 8-foot wide, continuous sidewalk along the west side of CityWest Blvd, from Westheimer to Briar Forest. At Briar Forest, the path will utilize the existing signalized intersection to reach the…..Read More

Westchase District Celebrates 25 Years

Westchase District Celebrates 25 Years

This fall, Westchase District celebrates its 25th anniversary. The District was created by an act of the 74th Texas legislature and signed into law by then-Governor George W. Bush on June 12, 1995. The law became effective on August 28, 1995 and the newly-formed board of directors met for the first time on August 29, 1995. But Westchase District’s history hardly begins there. Early days The Westchase Business Council – the District’s predecessor organization –…..Read More

New Modern Bus Shelters Coming to Westchase District

New Modern Bus Shelters Coming to Westchase District

If you’re a regular METRO bus customer riding transit throughout Houston, you probably pay a lot of attention to the bus shelters. Very soon, even non-transit riders will notice the shelters in Westchase District. A contemporary, newly designed shelter – both functional and attractive – will soon be coming to Westchase District. As part of its Walnut Bend reconstruction, Westheimer streetscapes and Elmside/Woodchase Side Path projects, Westchase District is completely re-designing and upgrading the current…..Read More

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