UPDATE: Commissioner Ellis Announces $30 Million Plan For Street Repairs Near UH And TSU

He has an agreement with the City of Houston and the plan also entails drainage work

Harris County Commissioner Precinct One Rodney Ellis says he also hopes the street repair plan will help drive economic development for Houston’s Third Ward.

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Tuesday an agreement by which Precinct One will pay $30 million to improve seven streets located near the University of Houston (UH) and Texas Southern University (TSU).

Ellis announced the agreement at a press conference held at Houston’s City Hall where he was accompanied by mayor Turner.

The streets near UH are Cullen (Interstate 45 to North MacGregor); Wheeler (Cullen to Scott); Elgin (Scott to I-45); and Holman (Scott to Cullen).

The streets in the TSU area are Cleburne (Emancipation to Scott); Blodgett (Scott to Ennis); and Attucks (Cleburne to Wheeler).

Ellis praised Turner’s concept of complete communities, which promotes a holistic approach for Houston’s neighborhoods that combines architectural aesthetics along with safety, access to public transportation and other elements.

“I believe not only should we have complete communities, we ought to have complete streets and, in addition to a place for people to ride bikes, a place for people to walk,” the commissioner commented.

Precinct One is specifically committing $15 million to improve infrastructure near TSU and another $15 million to projects around UH, according to a news release from Ellis’ office.

Besides roadway work, the project also includes drainage improvements and Ellis expects the plan will also help drive economic development for Houston’s Third Ward.

In addition to beautification of the roadways, the goal of the plan is to improve safety and accessibility to all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and public transportation riders.

Mayor Turner noted Ellis and him will also work together to identify projects for Precinct One “where County dollars may not be available” but City dollars can be an option, for instance through the use of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), which the City can receive from the federal government.

The work will be performed in District D, which Council Member Dwight Boykins represents in the City Council.

Boykins said in a press statement that the announcement “moves the needle forward advancing my commitment to the people I serve.”

“As a proud graduate of Texas Southern University and someone who is quite familiar with the streets earmarked for improvements, I welcome the opportunity to work with Commissioner Ellis and Mayor Turner to benefit all the residents of District D and Houstonians,” added Boykins.

Click below to watch the press conference where commissioner Ellis and mayor Turner made the announcement.