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A Major Makeover for Houston Street

Bagby Street in Houston will soon have wider sidewalks and a new bike lane.
January 16, 2020, 7am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Street Redesign
Houston Downtown Redevelopment Authority

Dug Begley reports: "Bagby Street has seen better days. Now, with the new year underway, downtown-area officials are doing to the street what a lot of people promised for themselves in 2020: slimming down, fixing up and promising to put walking and biking front and center."

According to Bagley, traffic and recurring floods have damaged Bagby Street over the years. Already-old infrastructure has crumbled to a point that betrays the civic and historic value of the buildings that line the street, according to Bagby's sources.

Planners have been working on an upgrade for two years now, with plans to reduce vehicle lanes, widen sidewalks, and add a bike lane—a robust suite of complete streets and road diet changes.

The Houston Downtown Redevelopment Authority is funding the $28.8 million project, which was scheduled to begin construction on January 11. More details on the infrastructure improvements and construction schedule for the project are included in the article.

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Published on Friday, January 10, 2020 in Houston Chronicle
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