Railroad Crossing Elimination Grant Program: West Belt Improvement Project (Phase 1)

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LOCATION See Project Map
COUNCIL DISTRICT H, I
BUDGET $36.9 Million
TYPE Railroad Crossing Elimination Grant
GRANT AWARDED June 5, 2023
DETAILS This program provides funding for highway-rail or pathway-rail grade crossing improvement projects that focus on improving the safety and mobility of people and goods. The West Belt Improvement Project (Phase 1) is the first phase of implementing a future 14,600-foot sealed rail corridor along the Houston Belt & Terminal Railroad’s (HB&T) West Belt Subdivision. Phase 1 includes the construction of 4 underpasses and closure of 4 at-grade crossings to eliminate 7 existing at-grade crossings and reconstruct one underpass to current standards. When completed, Phase 1 will have an opportunity to create a 9,000-foot sealed corridor and quiet zone.


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What is the purpose of this project?
People walking, biking, driving, and riding transit will benefit from the West Belt Improvement Project due to reduced delays and increased travel time reliability. Eliminating conflicts between rail and other modes of transportation also increases the safety of all road users.


What are the components included within the West Belt Improvement Project Phase 1?
1. Commerce Street/Navigation Boulevard Underpass and Corridor Updates.
2. York Underpasses & Sampson/York Corridor Updates




LOCATION See Project Map
COUNCIL DISTRICT H, I
BUDGET $36.9 Million
TYPE Railroad Crossing Elimination Grant
GRANT AWARDED June 5, 2023
DETAILS This program provides funding for highway-rail or pathway-rail grade crossing improvement projects that focus on improving the safety and mobility of people and goods. The West Belt Improvement Project (Phase 1) is the first phase of implementing a future 14,600-foot sealed rail corridor along the Houston Belt & Terminal Railroad’s (HB&T) West Belt Subdivision. Phase 1 includes the construction of 4 underpasses and closure of 4 at-grade crossings to eliminate 7 existing at-grade crossings and reconstruct one underpass to current standards. When completed, Phase 1 will have an opportunity to create a 9,000-foot sealed corridor and quiet zone.


MAP
Project Map


General Project Information






What is the purpose of this project?
People walking, biking, driving, and riding transit will benefit from the West Belt Improvement Project due to reduced delays and increased travel time reliability. Eliminating conflicts between rail and other modes of transportation also increases the safety of all road users.


What are the components included within the West Belt Improvement Project Phase 1?
1. Commerce Street/Navigation Boulevard Underpass and Corridor Updates.
2. York Underpasses & Sampson/York Corridor Updates




  • Project Update

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    West Belt Grade Separation – Navigation/Commerce and York/Sampson Railroad Crossing Elimination Projects Houston Public Works is currently in the process of getting the Design Consultant under contract for the Navigation/Commerce and York/Sampson railroad crossing elimination projects. Once the Design Consultant is on board, we will begin coordination meetings with the property owners who may be impacted by the projects. We anticipate those meetings to start in the Winter of 2024. Our plan is to listen to property owners’ operational needs and to provide an opportunity for input at the preliminary stage of the design. The goal is to move forward with a final design that will minimize the impact to private property while meeting the goals of the projects. To receive continued engagement about the projects, please visit Engagehouston.org and subscribe to the project page to receive direct notifications of updates and important information. We want to thank you for your continued feedback and support of these important projects.

Page last updated: 07 Nov 2023, 05:20 PM