Cullen Boulevard is getting a major upgrade with the aim of making it more accessible for pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders.
Extending from North MacGregor Way to I-45, the Cullen Boulevard improvement project includes new drainage, lighting and landscaping. The project will also feature shared-use paths for walkers and cyclists.
Houston Public Works Director Carol Haddock said the Cullen project was designed to meet the needs of all road users.
"It is specifically targeted to the use that happens around it," said Haddock. "It is really focused on students being able to get to and from class, to the parking lots, to the stadium. It's really focused on transit, bicycle, all of those things."
The work is funded in part through $30 million pledged by Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis — the money is earmarked for street improvements near the University of Houston and Texas Southern University. The City of Houston and UH are also contributing funds.
"You will think when you go down Cullen Boulevard you are in a park instead of on a street," said Ellis. "So I think the measure of success will be people using it."
Phase One of the project is already underway between North MacGregor and Wheeler Street.