Analysis of CIP by MMD’s David W. Robinson
With Spring in the air, residents of Houston’s District C gathered at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center on West Gray to take part in an annual rite of passage, the city’s CIP Public Meeting. Council Member Ellen Cohen hosted a group of city officials from a number of departments that included Finance, General Services, Parks and Recreation, and Public Works & Engineering. With introductions and an explanation of the ongoing “ReBuild Houston” program, projects were described for the Capital Improvement Plan that were prioritized as adhering to a “worst first” analysis of roadways and drainage needs for the area. Dale Rudick, Deputy Director and Executive of the program discussed the selected projects, and explained that a primary purpose of the meeting was to present the results of the selection process in case the community and neighbors were to observe that “you’ve missed something.”
Regardless of whether or not a repeat year of drought and damage contributes to the already sad state of the area’s aging infrastructure, an abundance of evidence suggests that there are serious gaps that so far have been missed. Two such gaps were illustrated in materials presented at the meeting, as prepared by the MMD’s consultant team from Walter P. Moore. The analysis of these highly respected engineers documented significant stretches of roadway along West Alabama and Westheimer that span the district from its boundaries of Spur 527 on the east and Shepherd Drive on the west. Observing images as those included in this blog, it’s hard to fathom how such conditions had kept these decaying surfaces from rising to the top of the project list. Yet it appears that somehow they haven’t registered as a concern. With ongoing dialog with the city, the MMD plans to continue to bring these issues to light, to sharpen the focus of the program on the truly worst, and to help prioritize the highest areas of need for capital improvements within our community.
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Next month: How 3-1-1 is not like “American Idol.”