April 14, 2016
Contact: Lauren Laake (832) 393-3008

West Lake Houston Pedestrian Tunnel Approved

Houston, TX - Today, the Lake Houston Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ 10) voted to approve an addition to an existing public improvement contract with Friendswood Development Company to include the construction of a pedestrian tunnel on the northbound lanes of West Lake Houston Parkway between Appalachian Trail and Sycamore Springs Drive. 

Over the past year Council Member Martin worked diligently with the Mills Branch Homeowner's Association and many community members to persuade Friendswood Development Company to construct the much needed pedestrian tunnel, which they now agree to complete. The installation of this tunnel is extremely important to Council Member Martin because twin pedestrian tunnels can be found throughout the Kingwood community. It was because of the Council Member's attention to this detail and quick action that he was able to bring it to the attention of the developer. Council Member Martin continues to have a vested interest in the completion of the tunnel as it is will greatly improve public safety in the area.

The construction of the new pedestrian tunnel will be included in the offsite improvements currently underway by Friendswood Development Company. This addition to the public improvement contract will include redesign and construction of the northbound lanes of West Lake Houston, addition of a pedestrian tunnel, embankment, and new pavement to accommodate the existing pedestrian trail crossing the roadway. The overall capital improvement budget for the TIRZ is not increased by the inclusion of the pedestrian tunnel in the project costs. Construction of the northbound pedestrian tunnel is expected to be completed in advance of the 2016-2017 school year. 

Council Member Martin extends his thanks to all of the individuals who have been actively involved in this process over the last year and appreciates Friendswood Development Company for proceeding with the work as it will greatly improve public safety for children and residents of our community.

For more information, please contact the District E office at (832) 393-3008 or [email protected].


Council Member Dave Martin City of Houston | 900 Bagby | Houston | TX | 77002