It’s Now Easier To Get Across Busy Allen Parkway

A popular route near downtown Houston isn’t just for cars anymore. A recent project has made it friendlier for pedestrians and cyclists.


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Instead of the usual ribbon cutting, Allen Parkway had the first official street crossing.

The event marked the completion of some improvements. They're designed to address complaints from walkers and cyclists trying to get to the Buffalo Bayou trail.

There are new signalized crosswalks — at Park Vista, Gillette, and Taft. Traffic lanes were also shifted to create about 130 parking spaces.

Houston Mayor Pro-Tem Ellen Cohen says they were able to accomplish what some people thought was impossible — slowing down traffic on the busy thoroughfare.

"These improvements plus the reduction of speed limit from 40 miles per hour to 35, have reverted Allen Parkway back from no longer being Allen Raceway, but Allen Parkway," says Cohen.

Now as for complaints from people who drive Allen Parkway to work, Bob Eury with the Downtown Redevelopment Authority says he hasn't heard any.

"We've found that the total additional time maybe that you would have with the speed limit and the lights would be less than a minute from downtown out to Shepherd," says Eury. "So it's really a very small amount of time."

The Allen Parkway improvements cost $14 million. The project was paid for by the Downtown Redevelopment District.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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