The Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority (GGRA) initiated and funded the Airline Corridor Street Project to address road safety issues on the one-mile stretch of Airline Drive between West Road and Aldine Bender. The $6.5 million project will be complete sometime in late spring of this year.
This are includes three Aldine ISD schools and a Harris County Public Library. However, the sidewalks that existed in the area were damaged, too narrow, forcing families to walk single file to reach their destination, or, in some cases, nonexistent.
Wanda Bamburg, superintendent of Aldine ISD, noticed that pedestrians, especially children, would cross Airline Drive from the schools to the residential areas across the street. To help insure the safety of the children in the area, she requested that the GGRA design a project which would help improve the sidewalks.
Sally Bradford, GGRA executive director, anticipates the completion of the project. “I am excited about the impact this project will have on the community. It will make a difference in the daily life of residents and students,” she said.
Enhancements including pavement repairs, intersection improvements (including signalization to City’s standards), pedestrian lighting, new cross walks, retaining walls, landscaping, trees, 10-foot sidewalks in front of the schools, new bus shelters, solar lighting embedded in the sidewalks, and median improvements. In addition, improvements are also being made to the five side streets crossing Airline Drive within the construction area.
The 10-foot sidewalks being constructed in front of the schools were built by utilizing an easement provided by Aldine ISD. Public art mosaics, created through a program administered by the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston (MOCAH), will also be featured on the benches and retaining walls.
Elvin Franklin, chairman of the board for the GGRA, is excited about the benefits this project will bring to the community. “Several of our board members work or live in the area and take their obligations to the Board to heart,” he said. “It is wonderful to see the efforts of our entire Board come together to result in positive changes.”