The Cullen Park Trail Connection will connect 29.9 miles of existing trails on the north and south sides of Interstate 10. These trails include the Cullen Park and Mayde Creek Trails on the north side and the Terry Hershey, Mason Creek, and George Bush Park trails on the south.
The City of Houston has been awarded a Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) grant from TXDOT for the portion of the Cullen Park Path along Barker Cypress (Segment 1). This grant provides 90% of the construction funding. We expect the City of Houston will begin work on community outreach, design, and permitting in the first quarter of 2023. The current estimated construction window is the middle of 2025.
This segment will be a new side path along Barker Cypress Road. A side path is a 10’ wide shared-use path with a minimum 5’ separation from the road. There will be a standard sidewalk on the Corps of Engineers property on the east side of Barker Cypress Road.
Segment 2, along South Park View from Barker Cypress to Saums, will be a separate project. We are currently working with the City of Houston to define the elements and design basis for that section. Once complete, we will be able to provide funding sources, particularly area MUDs, with a specific and detailed request. Since Segments 1 and 2 will be separate projects, they may not be built at the same time. Assuming total funding can be secured, construction could start in 2024.
Segment 2 along South Park View Drive consists of filling the sidewalk gaps to provide a continuous pedestrian access route from Barker Cypress to Saums Road. Three crosswalks would be added, and the existing maintenance drive to the Cullen Park parking lot would be upgraded for access. Bicycle accommodation will be provided, but additional community outreach is needed to coordinate the bike lane design with safety and parking concerns along Park Row.
This trail connection would replace the existing path along Barker Cypress Road, used by cyclists and pedestrians today. Despite heavy traffic along Barker Cypress and the lack of adequate space, this path is used frequently by residents on the north side of I-10. As with many corridors in the Greater Houston region , this path is decidedly unsafe. Indeed, as recently as August 2019, a male cyclist traveling on Barker Cypress Road was struck and killed by a vehicle at South Park View Drive.
But it is the trail’s important contribution to our quality of life – helping to make the area north of I-10 a place where people want to live. In our view, this project will benefit our community, not only from a safety perspective for cyclists, but by attracting new, younger residents to the growing apartment communities - who value and increasingly demand walking and hiking paths - and by positively affecting the satisfaction by all residents toward the community in which they live.
The City of Houston has applied for a Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) grant from TXDOT for the funding of sidewalks or a shared-use path around the intersection of Saums Road and Greenhouse Road in West Houston.
There are students who attend school at the Katy Independent School District (“KISD”) Mayde Creek complex, which includes elementary, middle and high schools. Some students who live nearby are not eligible for bus service and use the unpaved Right-of-Way (“ROW”) to get to school. They have been observed walking south of the school along Greenhouse Road then west along Saums Road.
In addition to the current use by students, transportation and recreation access by VRU’s in the area will increase as further development is occurring along Greenhouse Rd. West Park Municipal Utility District (“MUD”), which is on the south side of Saums Road, is in the process of design for park and trail access from the West Park Preserve, east to Cullen Park. The City of Houston is applying for HSIP funding for other portions of the Cullen Park Path, which will fill in the links for a high-comfort connection to George Bush Park south of Interstate 10.
Install sidewalk in various locations along the three roadways below. 1. Mason Road from Earl of Dunmore Street to Morton Road 2. Katy Briar Lane from Mason Road to Morton View Drive 3. Franz Road from Mason Road to approximately 390-feet west of Westgreen Boulevard.
Project Status: Construction
Last Updated: 9/8/2022
Install sidewalks along Lakes of Bridgewater Drive from Westrock Drive to north of Clay Road.
Project Status: Design
Last Updated: 8/24/2022