Almeda Road Reconstruction

December 2017   Houston, TX

Client

  • City of Houston

Key Personnel

Recognition

  • 2020 ACEC Texas Engineering Excellence: Gold Medal Award

A roadway designed as a pilot project for Green Road Design with Low Impact Development (LID) features requiring roadside plantings and engineered soil mixes that filter stormwater to meet stormwater quality goals.

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Key Points

Road reconstruction provided an opportunity to combine Low Impact Design with traffic calming, enhanced mobility, beautification, and flood mitigation.

Green Infrastructure

Asakura Robinson Company provided landscape architecture services for a Green Road Design that incorporates Low Impact Development features such as roadside plantings and engineered soil mixes that filter stormwater to meet stormwater quality goals.

Mobility

As part of a larger effort to improve vehicular and pedestrian mobility in the Texas Medical Center, the reconstruction of Almeda Road between S. MacGregor and Old Spanish Trail accommodates future traffic demands while also meeting pedestrian and bicyclist needs.

Implementation

To see implementation through, Asakura Robinson is providing post-construction services to measure how LID features are performing.


Asakura Robinson Company provided landscape architecture services for the City of Houston’s Almeda Road Reconstruction Project from S. MacGregor to Old Spanish Trail. The roadway is being designed as a pilot project for Green Road Design with Low Impact Development (LID) features requiring roadside plantings and engineered soil mixes that filter stormwater to meet stormwater quality goals. The general project scope allows for the reconstruction of the existing concrete roadway and grade separations over Brays Bayou at Almeda and S. MacGregor with curbs, sidewalks, street lighting, and underground utilities.

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The Almeda Road Reconstruction Project was completed in April 2018 and is currently in the maintenance phase. This project helped to build capacity and existing strengths in the community because of efforts to beautify, calm traffic, and mitigate flooding. The new design features a narrowed central median expanding the four lane roadway to six lanes with a varying ROW. This new design not only improves traffic flow at signalized intersections but will also provide additional green space for pedestrians and bicyclists. A potential 10’ wide bikeway is proposed along one side of the ROW adjacent to Hermann Park and the VA Hospital.

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