Walnut Bend Reconstruction – Westchase District
LAN designed 6,300 LF of urban roadway reconstruction in an urban to improve mobility and promote redevelopment. This includes full roadway reconstruction and partial design, drainage improvements, extensive behind-the-curb amenities including wider sidewalks to promote a pedestrian friendly environment, traffic operation improvements, signing and striping plans, and aging public utility replacement. The project was funded by TxDOT and FHWA and required compliance with federal requirements.
A signal warrant analysis was performed which resulted in upgrades to three signals and installation of one new signal. A protected “dutch” intersection was designed at one key intersection which includes a unique bicycle signal that accommodates all types of road users, giving priority to pedestrian and bicycle traffic over vehicular traffic to increase safety.
Project challenges included simultaneous contracting, design and installation of waterline and sanitary sewer, acquisition of 24 parcels, and a Traffic Control Plan designed to maintain two-way access during construction per City of Houston standards.
At a glance
$18M construction cost
Urban roadway reconstruction
Unique “dutch” intersection